20 September 2018

New mobile base station for Bells Beach

A new mobile base station for Bells Beach

I am delighted to announce that the Morrison Government will deliver a new small cell mobile base station at Bells Beach as part of its Mobile Black Spots Program.

This brings to 19 the number of mobile base stations which have been funded in the Corangamite electorate. Many have now been activated and are making a real difference to Corangamite residents. The base stations are as follows:

  • Completed and live: Apollo Bay, Cape Otway, Carlisle River, Gellibrand, Kawarren, Barangarook, Yeodone, Steiglitz, Dereel, Hordern Vale
  • Due for completion: Barwon Downs, Kennett River, Lorne south, Separation Creek, Anglesea, Aireys Inlet, Bellbrae, Birregurra, Bells Beach.

Community feedback invited for the Bellbrae mobile base station

I am also calling for community feedback on the worst black spots in Bellbrae.  Telstra is currently determining the best location to install a small cell mobile base station and I am interested to hear from local residents who suffer reception issues. I understand there are major problems in West Bellbrae but I am also keen for feedback on other mobile black spots in Bellbrae.  Please send your feedback to sarah.henderson.mp@aph.gov.au

Nominate a black spot

The Mobile Black Spot Program’s Database of Reported Black Spot Locations has also re-opened for new nominations from state and local governments, and Federal Members of Parliament.

Residents in Corangamite are strongly encouraged to nominate mobile phone black spot locations in their area to help inform the rollout of the next round of the Coalition’s $220 million Mobile Black Spot Program.

The database is open for four weeks and I strongly encourage Corangamite residents to contact my office as soon as possible to nominate any mobile phone black spots in our community.

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.

Residents have already helped identify mobile black spots including in Glenaire, Shelford, Armstrong Creek, Portarlington, Teesdale and Connewarre. I would like to know if there are others.

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

20 September 2018