Government delivering new mobile coverage in Groom
Wednesday, 22 November 2017
Minister for Communications Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield and Federal Member for Groom Dr John McVeigh have welcomed improved coverage being delivered to Hampton ahead of schedule under the Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program.
Hampton was nominated under the Priority Location round of the program, but has been addressed ahead of schedule under round 2.
Minister Fifield said it was a great outcome that Hampton was set to experience improved mobile coverage under the program.
“Hampton was identified as a Priority Location, and it’s fantastic to see it get picked up in Round 2 of our Mobile Black Spot Program,” Minister Fifield said.
In Groom four mobile black spot locations are being addressed under the first two rounds of the program bringing new coverage to Haden-Maclagan Road, Doctors Creek Road, Mount Tyson and Hampton.
Dr McVeigh highlighted how the Government is delivering real outcomes for the local community through initiatives like the Mobile Black Spot Program.
“It’s fantastic to see that new and improved mobile coverage will be delivered sooner to our community. This will provide real benefits and help connect families, friends and loved ones,” Dr McVeigh said.
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.
A new tower at Meringandan is listed under the priority round in which the Coalition Government has committed $60 million to address a further 106 locations across the country that have been identified as having poor or no mobile coverage.
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 Meringandan is one step closer to receiving new and improved mobile coverage. I call on the telecommunications companies to give us their best tenders to deliver coverage to this area,” Dr McVeigh said.
More information on the program and the Priority Locations round program guidelines are available at www.communications.gov.au/mbsp