17 April 2017
Optus will install a new Macro-Base Station to power a new mobile phone tower to service the Mount Seaview area and Telstra will install a similar sized tower to service the Gresford area, delivering on the Federal Coalition Government’s election commitment to invest funds to eliminate the two mobile blackspot areas.
Federal Member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie said the two new mobile phone towers add to the growing list of additional towers to be installed in his electorate as part of the ongoing rollout of communications infrastructure, which includes the Coalition Government’s $220 million Mobile Black Spot Program.
“I’m delighted that both Telstra and Optus have responded with bids to build new towers at both Mount Seaview and Gresford in the latest round of funding under our Mobile Black Spot program,” Dr Gillespie said.
“These two towers will not only service local residents around Mount Seaview and Gresford, but also the many motorists who use the Oxley Highway west of Wauchope and producers and tourists who travel up to the Barrington Tops north of Gresford.”
Optus will also install new towers at Firefly and Mount Douglas.
106 priority locations across Australia will benefit from improved mobile phone coverage. Optus, Telstra and Vodafone will build 102 new base stations under the Priority Location round. In addition, the carriers have commercial plans for new base stations that will further address mobile black spot issues in a number of the identified locations.
“In addition to the sites the Telcos are already installing towers, the Coalition’s Mobile Black Spot program is already delivering new or improved coverage to sites across Comboyne, Elands, Paterson, Wherrol Flat, Byabarra-Bagnoo Road and Girvan
Construction of the new mobile phone towers will get underway soon.
“We’ve committed $220 million to improve mobile black spots across our vast country. $60 million of this funding is targetting priority black spot areas with poor or no mobile coverage, like at Mount Seaview, Gresford, Firefly and Mount Douglas.”
“Only the Coalition understands the importance of modern telecommunications for our regional communities, and has implemented a plan to deliver. I’m excited to reach this next milestone of the Mobile Black Spot Program and look forward to seeing the first base stations under this round completed later this year.”
The Coalition Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program is improving mobile coverage across Australia including along major regional transport routes, in small communities and at identified priority locations. More than 456 locations across Australia have already received new or improved coverage through rounds 1 and 2 of the program.
The base station rollout schedules for all three rounds of the program will be available on the Telstra, Optus and Vodafone websites.
More information about the program and a list of the priority locations is available at: communications.gov.au/mbsp