24 May 2016

New mobile base stations for Corangamite under $220m Mobile Black Spot Programme

Birregurra, Anglesea, Aireys Inlet and Bellbrae in Corangamite will receive improved mobile phone coverage under a re-elected Turnbull Government as part of an additional $60 million commitment to extend the successful Mobile Black Spot Programme, Sarah Henderson MP announced today.

“New mobile base stations covering Birregurra, Anglesea, Aireys Inlet and Bellbrae will bring a much-needed boost to mobile coverage, providing benefits to emergency service operators, businesses, and residents,” said Ms Henderson.

“The Coalition Government understands the importance of mobile coverage in regional and remote areas of Australia. That is why we are committing an additional $60 million on top of the $160 million already invested in mobile black spots, bringing the Coalition’s total investment to $220 million.”

“We have selected Birregurra, Anglesea, Aireys Inlet and Bellbrae because they have previously been overlooked by mobile network operators due to commercial factors. A re-elected Turnbull Government will invite mobile network operators to bid for this new funding to provide coverage in the identified locations.”

“I have listened to these communities and advocated strongly for further funding under our Mobile Black Spot Programme.”

“The active cooperation of the industry in the Mobile Black Spots Programme to date has been strong, with 499 new or upgraded base stations covering around 3,000 black spots nation-wide already being rolled out under the Coalition Government. This includes 10 new base stations in Corangamite, which are expected to address 115 of the 141 mobile black spots nominated in the electorate with handheld or external antenna coverage.”

This is the most significant one-time increase in mobile network coverage to regional and remote Australia delivered by a single public funding programme.

Following the success of the Coalition’s initial $100 million investment, another $60 million funding round is already under way, with successful locations to be announced by the end of 2016. This means there are further opportunities to improve mobile coverage in Corangamite.

“The previous Labor government did not spend one dollar on fixing mobile black spots in regional and remote Australia.”

“The Coalition’s $220 million plan to address mobile black spots will ensure regional and remote communities have access to wider and more reliable mobile phone coverage.” said Ms Henderson.

24 May 2016