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Thursday, 1 March 2018
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Mobile Black Spot Program

(Question No. 863)


Mr Stephen Jones asked the Minister representing the Minister for Regional Communications in writing, on 4 December 2017.

In respect of the answer to Senate Estimates Question on Notice No. 287 (Senate Standing Committee on Environment and Communications, Budget Estimates, Communications Portfolio, 28 July 2017), what criteria were used for funding the remaining nine priority locations on the Mobile Black Spot Program's database, and where are each of these nine black spots located.


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

The database of reported mobile black spot locations was used to record black spot locations reported by the public under rounds 1 and 2 of the Mobile Black Spot Program (the program), and represents the broader geographic area of the reported locations. The database does not represent a comprehensive list of all areas in Australia that have a mobile coverage issue. It only includes locations reported by members of the public when the database was being compiled, and for example, does not include locations reported in metropolitan areas with a population greater than 100,000.

Note that only six, not nine, of the Government's priority locations are not listed on the database of reported mobile black spot locations. The Senate Standing Committee on Environment and Communications has been advised of the conect number.

The six priority locations not on the database are listed below.

Priority location

State

Gumdale

QLD

Kalorama

VIC

Karana Downs

QLD

Killcare

NSW

Mount Evelyn

VIC

Yellow Rock

NSW

Note that a location being listed on the database of reported mobile black spot locations is not a prerequisite for funding under the Priority Locations round of the program.

The locations eligible for funding under the Priority Locations round were those announced by the Government during the 2016 Federal Election as part of the Coalition Government's $60 million commitment to this round of the program. The criteria used to allocate available funding to Priority Locations are as stated in the Priority Locations Grant Guidelines (GO ID: G0721), published on Grant Connect on 22 November 2017.