The Marshall Liberal Government has welcomed today’s commencement of round four of the Commonwealth Government’s $25 million Mobile Black Spot Program.
Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Tim Whetstone said the South Australian Government looks forward to leveraging money from the Commonwealth using the state’s $10 million Mobile Black Spot fund delivered in last week’s 2018-19 State Budget.
“There is a huge backlog in mobile phone black spots in South Australia which the Marshall Liberal Government is committed to addressing,” said Minister Whetstone.
“We are delivering on our election commitment to invest $10 million into fixing mobile phone black spots and working those funds to leverage an extra $10 million or more out of the Commonwealth and telecommunications providers.
Minister Whetstone said the government has commenced identifying priority sites in regional South Australia to improve mobile reception, with all regional Liberal and Independent MPs having nominated locations in their electorates.
“My department will complete the location prioritisation process for the state after receiving advice from local councils and RDAs. We will then need to work with the telecommunications providers to identify the final sites for South Australia.
“I look forward to the continued positive engagement I have enjoyed with Federal Minister for Regional Services Senator Bridget McKenzie on this important initiative.
“Our regional areas are a major driver of our state’s economy and are an integral part of the state’s identity, contributing to the economic strength and social fabric of South Australia.
“South Australia’s regions contribute around $25 billion a year to the State’s economy, and connectivity is essential to driving our regions’ and our state’s growth and success.
“Telecommunications provides vital infrastructure to enable businesses in regional communities to reach their customers, and the clear messages coming out of the federal program about targeting the fund to deliver economic outcomes should benefit South Australia.”