Residents of the Darling Downs will benefit from new and improved mobile coverage with two new mobile base stations to be rolled-out under Round 5 of the Morrison McCormack Government’s highly successful $380 million Mobile Black Spot Program.
Federal Member for Groom John McVeigh said the Groom electorate would receive a new base station at Aubigny and one at Southbrook under Round 5, providing improved mobile coverage in the community.
“It’s great that people living around Aubigny and Southbrook will soon be benefitting from improved mobile connectivity provided by these new base stations,” Dr McVeigh said.
“Improved mobile coverage will help family and friends connect, access quality education and health services, and do business globally.”
Dr McVeigh said the Australian Government had committed $2.1 million under the program to date in the Groom electorate to deliver new and improved mobile coverage to the community.
“Since the program started the Groom electorate has benefited from new mobile base stations at Haden-Maclagan Road, Doctors Creek North Road, Mount Tyson and Meringandan. I am very pleased to see that we will now benefit further with new stations to be installed in partnership with Optus at Aubigny and Southbrook.”
Minister Fletcher said Round 5 of the program will fund a further 182 new base stations for regional and remote communities across Australia.
“The announcement of successful Round 5 locations today brings the total number of base stations being funded under the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program to 1,229, underlining our ongoing commitment to providing new and improved mobile connectivity to Australians across the country.”
“Improved mobile connectivity makes it possible for Australians to stay connected, access education services, conduct business and remain in contact with family and friends. These activities are critical year-round, but particularly important with people responding to the COVID-19 crisis and spending more time at home,” said Minister Fletcher.
Minister Coulton said, “Our Mobile Black Spot program is connecting regional communities and businesses, enabling them to contribute more effectively to our local, regional and national economies.”
Round 5 base stations are scheduled to roll out in the coming months with the first new base stations expected to be activated by the end of the year.
To view the full list of Round 5 locations visit, or to provide feedback on the discussion paper on the design of future rounds, visit: communications.gov.au/mbsp
Brad Hatch | 0448 162 679 | Brad.Hatch@communications.gov.au
Rebecca Papillo | 0439 892 771 | Rebecca.Papillo@communications.gov.au
Steph Nicholls | 0417 314 920 | Steph.Nicholls@regional.gov.au
Clare Siddins 0427 200 674
The Government has allocated funding for all Round 5 proposals that offer value for money to taxpayers and meet the guidelines for the round. Of the $80 million made available, $34 million has been successfully allocated.
The Government intends that the next step in the Mobile Black Spots program will be to conduct a Round 5A, which will be used to test a range of different program designs. Funding for round 5A will be drawn from the unused portion of the funding allocated to Round 5.
The existing program design has served Australia very well. However, with each successive round, the base stations being funded are less economic for the mobile network operators. This fact, and the results from Round 5, suggest there may remain only a limited number of additional sites which are likely to be successfully funded if future rounds are held under the existing program design.
The discussion paper to consult on the different program designs which could be tested under the future Round 5A has been released today.
The paper proposes three main objectives for this round:
- to improve mobile connectivity along major transport corridors;
- to improve mobile connectivity in disaster-prone regions; and
- to test new technologies that support shared mobile coverage in regional areas.
A decision on the timing of Round 5A will be taken once responses to the discussion paper have been received and considered.