Almost 200 mobile phone blackspots will be fixed under the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Programme (MBSP).
Independent Member for Indi, Cathy McGowan AO, was delighted that 30 new mobile base stations will improve mobile phone coverage for Indi communities. Ms McGowan attended the announcement made by Minister for Communications, Malcolm Turnbull, in Parliament this morning.
“Effective lobbying and a strategic approach have delivered for Indi,” Ms McGowan said.
The 30 new stations will result in improved coverage for 199 of 293 blackspots the Department of Communications identified. Indi will receive about a third of the new stations being installed in Victoria. Base station construction will start before the end of 2015 and continue for three years. The MBSP will fund $6.64 million of the project.
Ms McGowan praised the work of local councils, the Indi Telecommunications Action Group and the community members for reporting black spots in Indi.
“At the announcement this morning, the Minister stressed the decision making was based on need,” Ms McGowan said.
A second round of the Mobile Black Spot Programme, with an allocation of $60 million, will take place in 2016.
“There’s still more to do, including fixing priority sites such as Kancoona in the Alpine shire,” Ms McGowan said.
A full list of sites and locations can be found at the website.