The Commonwealth Liberal National Government has re-opened the Mobile Black Spot Program’s Database of Reported Black Spot Locations for new nominations from state and local governments, and Federal Members of Parliament.
Residents across the Central Coast and the Hunter are strongly encouraged to nominate mobile phone black spot locations in their area to help inform the rollout of the next round of the Federal Government’s $220 million Mobile Black Spot Program.
Minister for Regional Services, Senator Bridget McKenzie, today invited Federal and State Members of Parliament and local councils to make submissions on behalf of their constituents to the national mobile black spot database.
Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said the database is open and called for all residents to nominate any mobile black spot areas before 11th October.
“I strongly encourage residents in the Central Coast and Hunter to contact my office as soon as possible to nominate any mobile phone black spots in our community,” Mr MacDonald said.
“This presents a real opportunity for residents to have their say on problem mobile black spots and encourage mobile operators to invest in our area through the Program.”
“The nominations will support round 4 of the program which will look to provide new or improved mobile coverage in areas where there are clear economic and social benefits,”
“Round 4 will also look to target medical, educational and emergency services facilities, as well as along key transport routes and in towns that experience seasonal demand due to tourism.”
The Coalition will invest $25 million to deliver round 4 of the program and will soon call for applications from carriers to be selected through a competitive process. The Coalition is also calling for nominations from state and territory governments.
For more information on the program visit: www.communications.gov.au/mbsp
Mr MacDonald’s office can be contacted on 02 9230 2393 and firstname.lastname@example.org