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Thursday, 9 February 2017
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Tasmania: Mobile Phone Base Stations

(Question No. 50)


M s Ke ay asked the Minister representing the Minister for Regional Communications, in writing, on 7 November 2016:

(1) In respect of the Government's announcement on 25 June 2015 that it would construct mobile phone base stations at (a) Elliot, (b) Gawler, (c) Loyetea, (d) Melrose, (e) Sisters Beach, (f) South Riana, and (g) Takone, in Tasmania, when will these become operational.(2) In respect of the Government's election commitment to construct mobile phone base stations at (a) Gunns Plains, (b) Sulphur Creek, (c) Devonport, and (d) Yolla, in Tasmania, will this be honoured; if not, why not; if so, (i) when will these become operational, and (ii) where in Devonport will the mobile phone base station be located.


Mr Fletcher : The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) Information regarding the expected rollout timing for all 499 round 1 base stations is available on Telstra's and Vodafone's websites (www.telstra.com/blackspots and www.vodafone.com.au).

(2) The Government has announced that Gunns Plains, Sulphur Creek, Devonport, and Yolla are priority locations for funding under round 3 of the Mobile Black Spot Program. A competitive process to allocate round 3 funding, including identifying suitable base station locations, is expected to commence in 2017.

On 1 December 2016, Yolla was announced as one of the 266 locations across Australia to receive a mobile base station under round 2 of the program. The first round 2 base stations are expected to commence rolling out in 2017. The successful applicants (Telstra, Optus and Vodafone) will release indicative rollout schedules on their websites shortly which will be regularly updated as the rollout progresses.