Towns to call out black spots

Balonne Beacon - - NEWS -

TWENTY-FIVE mil­lion dol­lars of fund­ing is avail­able to rem­edy mo­bile phone black spots across Aus­tralia, and lo­cal MP David Lit­tleproud wants com­mu­ni­ties in the south west to nom­i­nate their towns for bet­ter cov­er­age.

“Now’s the time to nom­i­nate mo­bile black spot ar­eas around our re­gion to put them in the mix for part of the next $25 mil­lion round of the pro­gram,” Mr Lit­tleproud said.

“Peo­ple in the bush shouldn’t have to roam around their prop­erty, wav­ing their phone in the air try­ing to pick up a sig­nal,” he said.

“Bet­ter mo­bile cov­er­age helps ru­ral busi­ness, med­i­cal, ed­u­ca­tional and emer­gency ser­vices, tourism, fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties,” he said.

To be el­i­gi­ble, lo­ca­tions must have poor or no mo­bile cov­er­age and not be lo­cated in ur­ban cen­tres.

The se­lec­tion process will pri­ori­tise cov­er­age for es­sen­tial ser­vices.

Nom­i­na­tions can be made through Min­is­ter Lit­tleproud’s of­fices or web­site, and need to be sub­mit­ted by Oc­to­ber 3 to be con­sid­ered.

❝ Now’s the time to nom­i­nate mo­bile black spot ar­eas around our re­gion to put them in the mix for the $25 mil­lion round of the pro­gram. — David Lit­tleproud

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