Residents of Grattai will now benefit from improved mobile coverage thanks to the switch on of a new mobile base station under the Coalition’s $220 million Mobile Black Spot Program.
Federal Member for Calare Andrew Gee and Minister for Regional Communications Bridget McKenzie have welcomed the switch on of a new mobile base station at Grattai, near Mudgee.
The new mobile base station was completed by Telstra and is the latest of 25 new mobile phone towers sites across the Calare electorate to receive new or improved mobile coverage under the program.
“The Mobile Black Spot Program is so important for our regions. This new infrastructure will enable those living in regional areas to participate in the digital economy and conduct business, as well as access important education and health services across the country,” Minister McKenzie said.
“It is delivering much needed new investment in mobile infrastructure across regional Australia to address mobile coverage issues.
“It’s fantastic to see that the program is reaching more and more communities across the country, like Grattai.”
The Mobile Black Spot Program is enabling mobile carriers to service areas like Grattai where it would otherwise not have been economically viable.
“Black spots in Calare have been a source of irritation for quite some time, so it’s great to see them being cleared up,” Mr Gee said.
“They are an impediment to country business expansion and can be downright dangerous in an emergency when help is needed fast. It’s vitally important that we keep chipping away at these black spots.”
The Mobile Black Spot Program is delivering 867 new base stations over three rounds addressing black spots in every state and territory, bringing 21st century telecommunications to those living in regional Australia.
The Coalition is further delivering on its commitment to improve mobile coverage, with a further $25 million committed to a fourth round of the Program.
More information about the program and the rollout schedule is available at: communications.gov.au/mbsp