Thursday, 1 December 2016
MOBILE phone reception blackspots throughout the region will soon be further reduced with Member for Northern Tablelands today announcing that four additional locations in the electorate had been selected for funding to construct new phone towers.
Mr Marshall said the improvements in network coverage would be delivered through the State Government’s investment of $15 million into the round 2 of the Federal Mobile Blackspot Program.
The four locations, by local government area are:
• Armidale Regional – Baldersleigh (west of Guyra), Aberfoyle (east of Guyra) both Telstra towers and Wongwibinda (near Ebor) Vodafone;
• Glen Innes Severn – Pinkett (east of Glen Innes) Telstra.
Eight new mobile phone towers in the Northern Tablelands were announced last year as part of round 1, including Hillgrove, Bonshaw, Elsmore, Kings Plains, Hetheringtons Sugarloaf (Rocky Creek), Spring Mountain Road, Invergowrie and Balala
“I am absolutely delighted to see these four troublesome mobile blackspots receiving new towers under the second round,” Mr Marshall said.
“This is a great example of State and Federal Governments and the private sector working together to improve access to the network for country people and maximise the number of towers that could be built.
“These towers will greatly enhance safety and the ability for people in our region to go about their daily lives and business activities.
Mr Marshall said, however, there were still many more blackspots that hadn’t been addressed this time round.
“I’m already lobbying my state colleagues and Regional Development Minister John Barilaro to be willing to put more State funding into another round of this program, which hopefully the Federal Government will pursue,” he said.
“This program will make a tangible improvement to people’s lives in our region and I want to see even more benefit in the future.”
Mr Marshall said the combined Commonwealth and NSW Government investment was the greatest increase in mobile network coverage to metropolitan, regional and remote communities delivered by a single public funding program in the history of Australian mobile communications.