21 March 2019

Improved mobile coverage for Teesdale and Maude

JOINT Release with Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie, Minister for Regional Services, Sport, Local Government and Decentralisation

People living in Teesdale and Maude can now look forward to improved mobile phone coverage thanks to the Liberal and Nationals Government’s $220 million Mobile Black Spot Program.

Federal Member for Corangamite, Sarah Henderson, will make the formal announcement at an afternoon tea at Teesdale Community Hall on Thursday 21 March 2019 at 4:00pm that Teesdale and Maude will each receive a new 4G small cell (fibre) mobile base station under the fourth round of the program.

“In partnership with Telstra, I am thrilled that residents and businesses in Teesdale can now enjoy the benefits and opportunities that improved mobile connectivity brings and hope members of the community can join me this afternoon,” Ms Henderson said.

“Improved mobile coverage will help keep our businesses connected, our families to stay in touch and it means we can better access health and online services on the go.

“In September last year, I called on people living in the Corangamite electorate to nominate a mobile black spot. Many Teesdale and Maude residents submitted nominations, so this is a fantastic outcome for the community.”

The Liberal National Government’s Mobile Black Spots Program is making a real difference to the Corangamite electorate.

This announcement brings the total to 21 mobile base stations being delivered as follows:  Aireys Inlet, Anglesea, Apollo Bay, Barangarook, Barwon Downs, Bellbrae, Birregurra, Bells Beach, Cape Otway, Carlisle River, Dereel, Gellibrand, Hordern Vale, Kawarren, Kennett River, Lorne south, Maude, Separation Creek, Steiglitz, Teesdale and Yeodone.

Minister McKenzie said Round 4 of the program will deliver 180 new base stations for regional and remote communities, including public interest premises such as tourist sites and emergency services facilities.

“The announcement of successful Round 4 base stations means 1047 base stations are being delivered under the Mobile Black Spot Program. This reaffirms our commitment to delivering 21st century connectivity to our regions and will benefit thousands of Australians.”

“Our continued investment in mobile phone infrastructure is proof that we are focused on connecting all Australians no matter where they live,” Minister McKenzie said.

The Mobile Black Spot Program enables mobile carriers to service areas where it would otherwise not be commercially viable. So far the program is generating over $760 million of new investment including contributions from state and local governments, mobile network operators, businesses and local communities.

Base stations under the first three rounds are expected to be operational by 30 June 2019. Round 4 base stations are expected to roll out shortly with the first new base stations being activated by the second half of the year.

More information about the program is available at: communications.gov.au/mbsp