People living in Calare can now look forward to improved mobile phone coverage thanks to the Federal Government’s $220 million Mobile Black Spot Program.
Federal Member for Calare Andrew Gee today announced Calare will receive six new base stations under the fourth round of the program, along with five small cell sites.
“I’m thrilled that residents and businesses in these communities can now enjoy the benefits and opportunities that improved mobile connectivity brings,” Mr Gee said.
“The residents in these areas have been campaigning for years for better mobile phone coverage and their hard work has certainly paid dividends.
“This round was worth $25 million nationally and the Calare electorate has managed to pick up just over $5 million worth of funding.
"Improved mobile coverage will help keep our businesses connected, our families to stay in touch and it means we can better access health and online services on the go.”
The six new base stations in Calare are:
- Lowther (Optus)
- Kanimbla (Telstra)
- Rock Forest (Optus)
- Sunny Corner (Optus)
- Limekilns (Optus)
- Yarras (Optus)
The five new small cell sites in Calare are:
- Wattle Flat (Telstra)
- Sofala Exchange (Telstra)
- Mullamuddy Exchange (Telstra)
- Killongbutta (Freemantle) Exchange (Telstra)
- Birriwa Exchange (Telstra)
Minister McKenzie said Round 4 of the program will deliver 54 new base stations across NSW, including public interest premises such as tourist sites and emergency services facilities.
“The announcement of successful Round 4 base stations means 1047 base stations are being delivered under the Mobile Black Spot Program. This reaffirms our commitment to delivering 21st century connectivity to our regions and will benefit thousands of Australians,” Minister McKenzie said.
“Our continued investment in mobile phone infrastructure is proof that we are focused on connecting all Australians no matter where they live.”
The Mobile Black Spot Program enables mobile carriers to service areas where it would otherwise not be commercially viable. So far the program is generating over $760 million of new investment including contributions from state and local governments, mobile network operators, businesses and local communities.
Base stations under the first three rounds are expected to be operational by 30 June 2019. Round 4 base stations are expected to roll out shortly with the first new base stations being activated by the second half of the year.
More information about the program is available at: communications.gov.au/mbsp