The elimination of mobile blackspots in Australia comes closer to realisation, after the Federal Government announced $25 million for a fourth round of funding.
Federal Member for Farrer Sussan Ley has welcomed the plan and hopes it will deliver better coverage to regional and remote communities.
“I encourage local residents, businesses and community organisations to engage with their state and local council through the consultation process, to enhance coverage outcomes in Farrer.”
“This is a very much a shared issue across all levels of government, with NSW recently announcing $50m from its Connecting Country Communities Fund to invest in communications infrastructure.”
“It is certainly my hope we can combine some of that funding to cover some of the numerous coverage gaps remaining in Farrer.
The community of Merriwagga was one of the recipients of the funding earlier in the year, with the news welcomed by residents.
Safety, business, farming, and numerous other benefits were experienced since the installation of the 21st century technology.
Minister for Regional Communications Bridget McKenzie said applications will be taken from mobile carriers, taking input from state, territory and local governments, as well as businesses, community organisations and emergency services.
The selection process is expected to start in the second half of 2018. More details at www.communications.gov.au/mbsp