Michael Ferguson,Minister for Science and Technology
The Tasmanian Liberal Government is proud to partner with the Federal Government and Telstra to improve Tasmania’s phone coverage as part of the most recent round of the $380 million national Mobile Black Spot Program.
This will see additional network infrastructure built to improve services for the communities of Bridgenorth, 22 kilometres north-west of Launceston, and Liena in the north-west of the state.
The Tasmanian Liberal Government wanted to increase the chance of success of these needed infrastructure upgrades and pledged contributions totalling $180,500 for the projects, of the total $690,900 build cost. We are pleased that our kickstart funding has helped to win the funding.
This is a great outcome for Tasmania’s regions which will help to keep local residents safe, assist businesses who rely on mobile services to run their operations, and help tourists travelling around the state.
This announcement comes in addition to the major $8.5 million investment in Tasmania’s digital economy announced at the recent state election.
It will provide a further boost to the key recommendation of the Premier’s Economic and Social Recovery Advisory Council (PESRAC) Report to address critical regional mobile and internet black spots.