If you haven’t sent your letter to Santa, don’t forget to remind him of any mobile black spots in your local area – that’s the Christmas message from northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald.
Senator Macdonald said nominations for mobile black spot locations throughout the Kennedy electorate need to be submitted by 31 December, 2015 in order to be considered under Round 2 of the Mobile Black Spot Programme.
“As part of the commitment to improved telecommunication services for our rural and regional areas, the Coalition Government has announced a further $60million for Round 2 of the Mobile Black Spot Programme,” Senator Macdonald said.
Senator Macdonald said nearly 500 new mobile base stations will be built across the country as part of the first round of the programme, including 68 in Queensland.
“These include locations such as Flying Fish Point on the Cassowary Coast, Watsonville in Mareeba, Butchers Creek in the Tablelands Shire, Forsayth in Etheridge Shire, Abergowerie, and the Gulf Development Road, between Georgetown and Croydon,” Senator Macdonald said.
Locations nominated as mobile black spots by residents in Kennedy will be added to a national database, which will be provided to mobile operators as part of a competitive selection process, where operators will be required to nominate sites where they could build new or upgraded base stations to serve those nominated black spot locations.
Black spot nominations for Round 2 can be made online at www.communications.gov.au/blackspots.
Those locations funded under Round 1 are available on the National Map, at www.nationalmap.gov.au. Unsuccessful nominations will remain in the database as eligible locations for Round 2.
Black spot nominations can be made online at www.communications.gov.au/blackspots. For more information on the Mobile Black Spot Programme visit www.communications.gov.au/what-we-do/phone/mobile-services-and-coverage/mobile-black-spot-programme.