Wednesday, 18 July 2018 12:16

Coalition sounds gong for long-awaited new mobile coverage in Dulong

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Residents in and around Dulong, Queensland, are now duly celebrating long awaited "new and improved mobile coverage", and it's all "thanks to the Coalition Government’s $220 million Mobile Black Spot Program".

Communications Minister Mitch Fifield joined the Member for Fairfax, Ted O’Brien MP, for the launch of the upgraded base station in Dulong, with O'Brien saying three mobile base stations were being deployed in the electorate of Fairfax.

O'Brien added: “The Dulong base station is now switched on which means new and improved coverage for the region.

"Better connectivity will increase opportunities for local businesses to expand their customer base and a more reliable service means families can stay in touch more easily.

“Kidaman Creek and Belli Park communities will likewise benefit from better, more reliable mobile coverage thanks to rounds 1 and 2 of this national program.”

For those wondering which telco took part in delivering the Dulong upgrade, it was done "in partnership with Telstra".

Fifield said: “This Government is investing more in regional telecommunication infrastructure than ever before.

“The Mobile Black Spot Program has now delivered more than 570 base stations across our country and Dulong and its surrounds is one of the latest areas to be connected.”

Regional Communications Minister Senator Bridget McKenzie said this switch on was possible because "the Coalition Government has committed to improving mobile coverage for regional Australia".

She added: “This new infrastructure will enable those living in regional areas to connect with family and friends, participate in the digital economy and conduct business, as well as access important education and health services across the country."

The total funding for Fairfax under the program is $1.78 million, including $663,275 in funding from the Australian Government.

The government also proudly boasted of recently announcing "a new $25 million investment into the Mobile Black Spot Program funding towards a fourth round delivering improved mobile coverage to more regional and remote communities across Australia".

"Round 4 of the program will target more regional and remote mobile black spots across Australia. Input will be sought from state, territory and local governments as well as community organisations and emergency services to address areas that provide strong economic or social benefits, including schools and hospitals.

"The first three rounds of the Coalition’s Mobile Black Spot Program is delivering 867 new and improved base stations nationwide and the rollout is now well over halfway complete".

As per usual with politics, some politics was played, with Fifield's media release concluding by stating: "Under Labor, not a single tower was built during their six years of government", although it has to be said, it's a valid point.

More information on the Mobile Black Spot Program is here.

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