Queenslanders will benefit from improved mobile coverage and more reliable communications under Round 4 of the Liberal National Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program.
Minister for Regional Services Senator Bridget McKenzie today announced the locations of 26 new base stations in Queensland, improving mobile coverage in regional and remote communities.
The new sites include base stations at Bungadoo, Bonogin, Eugarie and Rossville.
“Reliable and effective mobile communications are a key driver of increasing the economic growth and prosperity in our regions,” said Minister McKenzie.
“Greater availability of mobile services is a big deal. It means more reliable and consistent emergency warnings in time of natural disasters, keeping in contact with family and friends, unlocking access to online health and education services as well as increased tourism and business opportunities.
“The benefits of improved mobile connectivity is a real boon for local communities and is part of our plan to improve connectivity throughout regional Australia.”
Under Round 4 of the program, $11.3 million will be invested in mobile infrastructure in Queensland. This includes $3.8 million funding from the Commonwealth and $2.5 million from the Queensland Government.
The Mobile Black Spot Program is delivering 1047 new base stations and generating over $760 million of new investment in mobile infrastructure including contributions from state and local governments, mobile network operators, businesses and local communities.
Base stations under the first three rounds are scheduled 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.
The list of new Queensland locations is below. For further details on Round 4 visit: www.communications.gov.au/mbsp