New round opens to fix mobile black spots in Eden-Monaro
Minister for Communications, Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield and Nationals Senator for New South Wales John Williams have welcomed the commencement of the Coalition’s Priority Locations Round of the Mobile Black Spot Program, which will provide new or improved mobile coverage to 5 locations in Eden-Monaro.
The Australian Government has committed $60 million to address 106 priority locations across the country that have been identified as having poor or no mobile coverage, on top of the 765 locations already being addressed under the first two rounds of the Mobile Black Spot Program.
In the electorate of Eden-Monaro 15 mobile black spot locations are already being addressed under the first two rounds of the program, bringing new coverage to locations including Towamba, Bodalla, Dalgety and Binalong.
Towers at Araluen, Bodalla, Nerriga, Nethercote and Towamba are now complete.
Today Minister Fifield opened the priority round and called on telecommunication companies to participate in a tender to build new towers and improve coverage at Bombala, Carwoola, Delegate, Tathra and Tumut.
Senator for New South Wales John Williams says the Australian government continues to deliver more coverage to rural, regional and remote Australia.
He said the government expects the tender process to be finalised by the end of the year, with the rollout of successful towers to commence early in 2018.
The program guidelines for the Priority Locations round are available at www.communications.gov.au/mbsp