$15 Million Funding Goes To Address Mobile Black Spot Areas

$15 Million Funding Goes To Address Mobile Black Spot Areas

Queensland Minister for Innovation Science and the Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch

More Mobile Black Spots To Be Fixed With $15 Million Funding

Victor P Taffa

The Queensland Government will invest $15 Million to further improve mobile coverage in Queensland.

Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business Leeanne Enoch said the commitment in the 2016-17 State Budget would build on the State Government’s $10 Million contribution to round one of the Commonwealth’s Mobile Black Spot Program.

“Today’s announcement will be welcome news to many Queenslanders including those in rural and remote areas who are living with the daily challenge of having poor mobile phone reception.” Ms. Enoch said.

“Communities from Eulo in the state’s south west to Darnley Island in the Torres Strait benefited from funding in round one of the Mobile Black Spot Program and this new funding will ensure even more communities are connected.”

The state government contributed $10 Million to Round 1 of the Commonwealth’s Mobile Black Spot Program, and as a result was able to leverage a total package of $53.85 Million for the state.

“Securing funding for 68 mobile towers from Round 1 of the black spot program was a strong outcome, however, there are still many mobile black spot areas throughout Queensland that need to be addressed.” Ms. Enoch said.

The Commonwealth has announced that a further $60 Million has been committed for Round 2 of the mobile black spot program, with applications due from mobile network operators by 14 July 2016.

The Queensland Government’s commitment will be used to ensure that the state gets a fair deal for Queensland by leveraging investment from the Commonwealth and mobile network operators.

The State Government is working with local governments to identify community priorities and consulting with mobile network providers to seek feedback on viability, cost estimates and eligibility of locations under the Commonwealth Mobile Black Spot Program.

Work is continuing on the rollout of new and improved towers funded under round 1 of the Mobile Black Spot program with all sites scheduled to be rolled out by the end of 2018. The locations to be funded under Round 2 are expected to be announced in the second half of 2016, and will be rolled out over a two-year period.