The Kennedy electorate now has improved mobile coverage, with the Mount Carbine station switched on today.
Northern based Federal Government Senator Ian Macdonald said Round 2 of the Australian Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program is achieving real outcomes for North Queensland.
“I’m so pleased to announce new coverage for the people of Kennedy, which will be a great boost to businesses and tourism in the region,” Senator Macdonald said.
“Round 2 of the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program will deliver new or upgraded coverage to 6,500 homes and business across 17,500 square kilometres via 266 new or upgraded towers. This includes 1900 kilometres of major transport routes.
“Labor did not help build a single mobile phone tower nor invest a single cent in mobile coverage in six years of Government. I’m proud to be delivering better mobile coverage to Kennedy.”
Minister for Regional Communications Bridget McKenzie praised the program.
“In total, Rounds 1 and 2 of the Coalition’s Program will deliver new coverage to 32,000 homes and businesses across 86,000 square kilometres including 7,600 of major transport routes via 765 new mobile phone towers,” Minister McKenzie said.
“I aim to help build the kinds of communities our children and grandchildren either want to stay in or come back to, and better mobile phone coverage is a big part of that.”
Including co-contributions from carriers and state governments, Round 2 represents a total new investment of $213 million towards improved mobile coverage.
The locations for Round 2 of the Mobile Black Spot Program were selected following an appeal to the public to nominate black spots
The locations of all of the 266 base stations can be found on the national map at www.nationalmap.gov.au
More information about the Australian Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program can be found at www.communications.gov.au/mbsp