Minister for Regional Communications, Senator Bridget McKenzie, and Northern based Government Senator Ian Macdonald, have announced Herbert will be a big winner in the Australian Government’s $220 million Priority Locations Mobile Black Spot Program.
Senator Macdonald said Queensland would share in $33.2 million, including $17.8 million funding from the Turnbull Government.
“Three locations across the Herbert electorate will benefit from the latest round of this program, ensuring those in regional Queensland have the same mobile phone services available to them as those in the South-East,” Senator Macdonald said.
“This is fantastic news for local business operators and the broader community more generally and I’m pleased to announce Palm Island, Toolakea and Jensen will all benefit.”
106 priority locations across Australia will see improved mobile phone coverage, including the below locations in Herbert:
- Palm Island is receiving funding for a Telstra macro base station which will provide new and improved Telstra coverage on the southern parts of Palm Island around Butler Bay.
- Toolakea is receiving funding for a Telstra macro base station to provide new and improved Telstra coverage to Toolakea and surrounding areas.
- Jensen is benefiting from commercial upgrades carried out by Telstra.
Optus, Telstra and Vodafone will build 102 new base stations under the Priority Location round. In addition, the carriers have commercial plans for new base stations that will further address mobile black spot issues in a number of the identified locations.
Minister for Regional Communications, Bridget McKenzie said construction of the new mobile phone towers will get underway soon.
“We’ve committed $220 million to improve mobile black spots across our vast country. $60 million of this funding is targetting priority black spot areas with poor or no mobile coverage, like in the Herbert electorate,” Minister McKenzie said.
“Only the Coalition understands the importance of modern telecommunications for our regional communities, and has implemented a plan to deliver. I’m excited to reach this next milestone of the Mobile Black Spot Program and look forward to seeing the first base stations under this round completed later this year.”
The Coalition Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program is improving mobile coverage across Australia including along major regional transport routes, in small communities and at identified priority locations. More than 456 locations across Australia have already received new or improved coverage through rounds 1 and 2 of the program.
More information about the program and a list of the priority locations is available at: communications.gov.au/mbsp