Redridge to con­nect

Re-elec­tion com­mit­ment to im­prove mo­bile ser­vice in black spot pro­gram

Isis Town and Country - - News - Jodie Dixon Jodie.Dixon@isistc­news.com.au

The Coali­tion is com­mit­ted to im­prov­ing mo­bile cov­er­age along ma­jor trans­port routes, in small com­mu­ni­ties ...

– Keith Pitt

AR­EAS in Hin­kler will re­ceive im­proved mo­bile phone cov­er­age if the Coali­tion is re-elected as part of an ad­di­tional $60 mil­lion com­mit­ment to ex­tend the suc­cess­ful Mo­bile Black Spot Pro­gram, Keith Pitt, Mem­ber for Hin­kler an­nounced.

New mo­bile base sta­tions in Redridge and Pa­cific Haven will bring a much-needed boost to mo­bile cov­er­age, pro­vid­ing ben­e­fits to emer­gency ser­vice op­er­a­tors, busi­nesses, and res­i­dents.

“The Coali­tion gov­ern­ment un­der­stands the im­por­tance of mo­bile cov­er­age in re­gional and re­mote ar­eas of Aus­tralia. That is why we are com­mit­ting an ad­di­tional $60 mil­lion on top of the $160 mil­lion al­ready in­vested in mo­bile black spots, bring­ing the Coali­tion’s to­tal in­vest­ment to $220 mil­lion,” Mr Pitt said.

“We have se­lected th­ese ar­eas of the elec­torate be­cause they have been over­looked by mo­bile net­work op­er­a­tors due to com­mer­cial fac­tors. A re-elected Coali­tion gov­ern­ment will in­vite mo­bile net­work op­er­a­tors to bid for this new fund­ing to pro­vide cov­er­age in the iden­ti­fied lo­ca­tions.

“I met with Redridge res­i­dents John Hunter and Jen­nifer Sy­mons last year to dis­cuss their con­cerns that ar­eas sur­round­ing Childers did not even have SOS phone cov­er­age. “They or­gan­ised a pe­ti­tion, which I tabled in par­lia­ment in Novem­ber, which had 606 sig­na­tures from res­i­dents in Doolbi, Hor­ton, Abing­ton, Goodwood, North Isis and Redridge.

“I con­grat­u­late them for fight­ing for im­prove­ments to mo­bile cov­er­age in their area which is home to many se­niors and some of our big­gest farms, and this fund­ing will ad­dress this prob­lem.

“The Coali­tion is com­mit­ted to im­prov­ing mo­bile cov­er­age along ma­jor trans­port routes, in small com­mu­ni­ties, as well as ad­dress­ing unique mo­bile cov­er­age prob­lems such as ar­eas with high sea­sonal de­mand.

“The ac­tive co-op­er­a­tion of the in­dus­try in the Mo­bile Black Spots Pro­gram to date has been strong with 499 new or up­graded base sta­tions cov­er­ing around 3000 black spots al­ready rolled out un­der Round 1 of the Coali­tion gov­ern­ment’s pro­gram.”

Min­is­ter for Re­gional Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Fiona Nash said the Coali­tion’s huge in­vest­ments in ru­ral mo­bile phone tow­ers high­lighted La­bor’s “do noth­ing” ap­proach to this im­por­tant is­sue.

“The Coali­tion is in­vest­ing $220 mil­lion into fix­ing mo­bile black spots; in six years of gov­ern­ment La­bor in­vested $0. The Coali­tion is fix­ing 3000 black spots in Round 1 alone of its Mo­bile Black Spots Pro­gram; La­bor fixed zero black spots..”

The Coali­tion’s $220 mil­lion cash in­jec­tion plans to ad­dress mo­bile black spots and will en­sure re­gional com­mu­ni­ties in Queens­land have bet­ter ac­cess to wider and more re­li­able mo­bile phone cov­er­age and providers.

PHOTO: JODIE DIXONBIT090616REDRIDGE02

MO­BILE SER­VICE: Keith Pitt, John Hunter and Se­na­tor Fiona Nash dis­cuss mo­bile phone cov­er­age black spot fund­ing.

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