Improving coverage in mobile black spots on the agenda

TELECOMMUNICATIONS companies looking to grab share of $60 million in Government funds to improve black spot coverage have begun the competitive selection and bidding process.

Cowper MP Luke Hartsuyker said Round 2 of the National Mobile Black Spot Program will bring better mobile phone coverage to more areas of the North Coast.

"We know more than anyone in regional and rural areas such as the North Coast that we need mobile coverage to conduct business efficiently and maintain our social connections," Mr Hartsuyker said.

"Based on the previous Cowper electorate boundary which was in place when Round 2 nominations for black spots were called in December, we had 100 submissions from the top of the electorate at Maclean all the way down to Hat Head and Kempsey.

"There are also dozens of nominated black spots sites within the newly defined boundary of Cowper to the south, obviously this is wide-spread issue that the Government is determined to address."

More than 4,400 new locations were nominated across Australia when nominations were called for.

Four new base stations at Brooms Heads, Hickeys Creek, Minnie Water and Taylors Arm were selected for funding under Round 1 of the program, which will help address 14 different mobile coverage black spots on the North Coast.

The locations selected under Round 2 to receive new towers are expected to be finalised by the second half of this year.



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