South Australia to get better connectivity services with Mobile Black Spot Program
South Australia will co-invest with the Federal Government to build new towers, under the latest round of the Coalition’s AUD 220 million Mobile Black Spot Program.
The Federal and South Australian Governments have agreed to work collaboratively to improve mobile connectivity, with both Commonwealth and state commitments to invest in new mobile phone base stations across the state.
Federal Minister for Regional Communications Bridget McKenzie and South Australian Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Tim Whetstone held a discussion on a collaborative approach to mobile black spot funding.
South Australia will co-invest with the Federal Government to build new towers, under the latest round of the Coalition's AUD 220 million Mobile Black Spot Program that aims to invest in telecommunications infrastructure to improve mobile coverage along major regional transport routes, in small communities and in a number of identified priority locations.
"The Mobile Black Spot Program, which began in 2013, has had a transformative impact on the lives of regional Australians. Yet due to a lack of investment from the previous Labor state government, South Australians are yet to realize the full benefits of the program," noted Minister McKenzie.
"The South Australian Government will contribute AUD 10 million to transform the state investment and fix coverage issues in the state," commented Minister Whetstone.
This AUD 10 million commitment will ensure South Australian regional communities remain vibrant and sustainable and provide an economic boost to our country communities with the potential to save lives through better connectivity to emergency services.