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Federal funding to fix mobile black spots in Bonner

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Minister for Communications, Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield, and Federal Member for Bonner, Ross Vasta MP; have welcomed the commencement of the Coalition’s Priority Locations Round of the Mobile Black Spot Program, which will provide new or improved mobile coverage to Moreton Island, Burbank and Belmont in Bonner. 

The Coalition Government has committed $60 million to address 106 priority locations across the country that have been identified as having poor or no mobile coverage, on top of the 765 locations already being addressed under the first two rounds of the Mobile Black Spot Program.  

Minister Fifield opened the priority round today, calling on telecommunication companies to participate in a tender to build new towers and improve coverage in these locations. 

“The Coalition continues to deliver more coverage to rural, regional and remote Australia,” Minister Fifield said. 

“We’re already delivering 765 towers which will provide coverage for 32,000 homes and businesses, and now we’ll deliver coverage to even more regional Australians.” 

The Coalition Government expects the tender process to be finalised by the end of the year, with the rollout of successful towers to commence early in 2018.  

“It’s fantastic to see that our community of Bonner is one step closer to receiving new and improved mobile coverage, especially on Moreton Island.” 

Mr Vasta said, “I call on the telecommunications companies to give us their best tenders to deliver coverage to our area. 

The program guidelines for the Priority Locations round are available at 
www.communications.gov.au/mbsp 
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