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Regional Australian lobby group the Rural Regional and Remote Communications Coalition has welcomed the announcement from the Australian Government which will see regional Australians benefit from 180 new mobile base stations as part of Round 4 of the mobile black spot program.

The coalition says that for Australians living in rural, regional and remote communities, having access to reliable communications is vital.

“The Mobile Black Spot Program has been instrumental in making real change to these communities, with more than 1000 mobile base stations designated to be built, expanding mobile coverage across the regions,” the coalition says.

Australian Communications Consumer Action Network chief executive Teresa Corbin said that since forming in 2016, the RRRCC had championed the need for greater mobile reliability outside of cities and suburbs.

“Our members have stressed to us the daily importance of being able access a reliable mobile service wherever they are in the country," she said.

“We are pleased to see that [Regional Services Minister] Senator [Bridget] McKenzie has continued to support our push for greater mobile connectivity in regional, rural and remote Australia in the latest round of the Mobile Black Spot Program.”

As part of the Federal Government’s $25 million commitment to Round 4 of the Mobile Black Spot Program, McKenzie also unveiled the NSW locations that would benefit from the program.

NSW Farmers Association president James Jackson welcomed the announcement and said that, “no matter where you live in 2019, everyone should have mobile coverage”.

Jackson said NSW Farmers had advocated since 2015 for many of the 54 locations for farmers and regional communities in NSW.

“This new mobile coverage will bring unheralded economic and social opportunities to the agricultural sector as well as ensure safety for all in the community,” he said.

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired in 2020. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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