Mobile phone black spot nominations end soon
TIME is running out for people to have their say on mobile phone blackspots around the Fraser Coast.
Phone users have until December 31 to nominate mobile phone black spot locations for consideration for funding under Round 2 of the Federal Government's Mobile Black Spot Program.
Federal Member for Wide Bay Warren Truss said a number of nearby areas received funding under Round 1 of the program, including Maryborough-Biggenden Rd.
"Under Round 2, the Coalition Government has committed $60 million to upgrade mobile phone coverage in rural, regional and remote communities around Australia," he said.
"The Federal Liberal National Government is acutely aware of how important mobile phone coverage is to regional communities. This is why we invested $100 million in the first round of the programme to deliver 500 new mobile base stations around Australia," Mr Truss said.
"The new locations nominated by people in local communities will be added to a national database, which will be provided to mobile operators as part of a competitive selection process. Operators will then be required to put forward proposals for new or upgraded sites to address these black spots."
More than 6000 locations were nominated under Round 1 of the program, and about 3000 were upgraded. The remaining 3000 black spots will be automatically included in the database as eligible locations for Round 2.