Federal Member for Bonner Ross Vasta MP was pleased to announce that Burbank and Moreton Island residents will benefit from the Federal Government’s $100 million in Commonwealth funding for the first stage of the mobile black spot programme.
There is a strong community demand for improved mobile phone coverage in Bonner and Mr Vasta has worked hard to ensure Bonner gets the upgrades it needs to address the problem.
“Mobile phone black spots is one of the most frequently raised issue in Bonner. After years of neglect, I’m thrilled to see the Abbott Government investing into Bonner to help eliminate these blackspots,” Mr Vasta said.
This is the first instalment of a wider programme that will see an additional investment of $60 million Australia wide.
More broadly, Abbott Government’s Mobile Black Spot Programme will deliver almost 500 new or upgraded mobile base stations around Australia – 429 Telstra base stations and 70 Vodafone base stations.
This is the most significant one time increase in mobile network coverage to outer metropolitan, regional and remote Australia delivered by a single public funding programme in the history of mobile communications in Australia.
The first base stations to be funded under the Programme will begin to roll out in the second half of 2015, and the full roll out will continue over a three year period.