Monaro to benefit from $25 million to improve regional communities mobile phone coverage
The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government will commit $25 million over four years to eliminate some of the state’s worst mobile phone black spots so families, businesses and our community have access to each other.
"Our community deserves access to the best mobile phone coverage to remove the hassel and stress caused with mobile black spots.
"We are providing improved services and driving economic growth in the Monaro so businesses and families can connect," Mr Barilaro said.
"We recognise the social and economic importance of reliable mobile phone coverage in regional NSW.
"The resulting new mobile phone coverage would be rolled out over four years and benefit towns like Delegate, Numeralla, Dalgety, Nimmitabel, Adaminaby, who will be better off under this strong plan for our future.
"Australia’s three national mobile network operators collectively claim to provide mobile coverage to 99 per cent of the population but this level of coverage equates to only around 25 per cent of the landmass.
"This programme will improve coverage along major transport routes throughout the Monaro and include communities in locations prone to experiencing natural disasters, as well as addressing unique mobile coverage problems.
"I will be listening to the community and consulting with them before nominating the black spots for each area.
"This will be an open, consultative process similar to the popular Community Building Partnerships Program," Mr Barilaro said.
Using the Commonwealth Government’s mobile black spot database as a source, the NSW Government will develop a NSW priority list to leverage any funding available from either local or Commonwealth sources.
This is the first time the State Government will partner with the Commonwealth to improve regional coverage – something common in other States but unheard of under Labor in NSW.