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New mobile base station for Poona under Coalition's $220 million mobile black spot programme



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SENATOR THE HON. FIONA NASH

MINISTER FOR REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT, REGIONAL COMMUNICATIONS AND RURAL HEALTH SENATOR FOR NEW SOUTH WALES

MR LLEW O’BRIEN LNP CANDIDATE FOR WIDE BAY

18 June 2016

NEW MOBILE BASE STATION FOR POONA UNDER COALITION’S $220 MILLION MOBILE BLACK SPOT PROGRAMME

The Fraser Coast community of Poona will receive improved mobile phone coverage if the Coalition is re-elected as part of an additional $60 million commitment to extend the successful Mobile Black Spot Programme, Llew O’Brien, LNP Candidate for Wide Bay confirmed today.

Minister for Regional Communications, Senator Fiona Nash and former Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss joined with Llew O’Brien to make the announcement.

A new mobile base station at Poona will bring a much-needed boost to mobile coverage, providing benefits to emergency service operators, businesses, and residents.

“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,” Mr O’Brien said.

“A re-elected Coalition government will invite mobile network operators to bid for this new funding to provide coverage in the area.

“As a police officer, I understand the need to extend mobile phone coverage to improve connectivity for local communities, emergency services and visitors to the region.

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 already rolled out under Round 1 of the Coalition Government's successful programme. This includes five new base stations to serve Kin Kin, Widgee, Woolooga, Glastonbury and along the Maryborough Biggenden Road.”

Minister for Regional Communications, Fiona Nash, said the Coalition's huge investments in rural mobile phone towers exposed Labor's "do nothing" approach to this important issue.

"The Coalition is investing $220 million into fixing mobile black spots; in six years of government Labor invested $0. The Coalition is fixing 3,000 black spots in Round 1 alone of its Mobile Black Spots Programme; Labor fixed zero black spots. The black spots scorecard reads: Coalition $220 million and 3,000 black spots fixed so far; Labor $0 and zero black spots fixed."

The Coalition’s $220 million plan to address mobile black spots will ensure regional communities have better access to wider and more reliable mobile phone coverage.

Media Contact for Minister Nash: Les White - 0409 805 122