State government picks up black-spot slack
THE state government will continue to support the eradication of mobile black spots in regional Victoria, despite the federal government stopping its Mobile Black Spot Program (MBSP).
The federal budget doesn’t deliver any extra funding for the MBSP, even though thousands of regional Victorians still experience poor mobile coverage.
After two successful rounds of the federal program, the State Government announced in January that it would not take part in round three due to a lack of consultation and transparency from Canberra. Instead, the $11 million allocated to black spots in the Victorian budget 2017/18 was re-directed to its own program — the Victorian Mobile Black Spot Project (VMBSP).
The State Government is working with local councils, regional partnerships and Emergency Management Victoria to ensure the VMBSP funds mobile towers based on merit and necessity.
“It’s staggering that Malcolm Turnbull and Scott Morrison can find $80 billion for big business tax cuts, but can’t find a single dollar for those living in regional Victoria without mobile coverage,” Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford said.
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