John McVeigh

Federal Member for Groom
Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government

John McVeigh MP

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Coalition delivers new mobile coverage to Peranga

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

The new mobile base station at Haden-Maclagan Road has been turned on under round 2 of the Australian Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program, Member for Groom Dr John McVeigh said today.

“I’m pleased to announce improved and new coverage in the area which should benefit parts of the localities of Peranga, Maclagan and Quinalow,” Dr McVeigh said.

“This area has been seeking better telecommunications coverage for some time and I am glad to deliver it in my first term as the local representative,” he said. “Residents in the area will see an immediate improvement.”

“Round 2 of the Coalition’s Mobile Black Spot Program will deliver new or upgraded coverage to 6500 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 Groom.”

Dr McVeigh said there have been four mobile black spot locations addressed under the first two rounds of the Mobile Black Spot program at Haden-Maclagan Road, Doctors Creek Road, Mount Tyson and Hampton.

“These towers provide real benefits and help better connect families, friends and loved ones,” he said.

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 7600 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.”

The locations for round 2 of the Mobile Black Spot Program were selected following an appeal to the public to nominate black spots.

“The new base station at Haden-Maclagan Road is due to the efforts of the community in identifying black spot locations and advocating for them to be fixed,” said Dr McVeigh said.

The locations of all of the 266 base stations can be found on the national map at www.nationalmap.gov.au


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