Minister for Regional Communications Bridget McKenzie and Nationals Senator Steve Martin have welcomed the switch on of a new mobile base station in Hamilton, delivered under round 1 of the Coalition’s $220 million Mobile Black Spot Program.
The new mobile base station was completed by Vodafone and is the latest of 26 sites across the electorate of Lyons 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 Hamilton.
“The Mobile Black Spot Program is enabling mobile carriers to service areas like Hamilton where it would otherwise not have been economically viable.”
“The Coalition’s rollout of more mobile base stations across Tasmania means wider access for businesses and private users in regional areas,” Senator Martin said.
“The wider access also brings with it improved access to emergency services and connects more people to vastly improved communication channels bringing with it social benefits.”
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