Hon Michael Mischin LLB (Hons) BJuris (Hons) MLC

Hon Michael Mischin LLB (Hons) BJuris (Hons) MLC

Former Attorney General; Minister for Commerce

Hon Terry Redman MLA

Hon Terry Redman MLA

Former Minister for Regional Development; Lands; Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development

    $118m to fix WA’s mobile black spots

    25/06/2015 9:00 AM
     
    • 130 new or upgraded mobile base stations for WA
    • Part of the Mobile Black Spot Program

    Mobile black spots across regional and remote areas in Western Australia will be fixed as part of the most significant increase in mobile network coverage in the history of mobile communications in Australia.

     

    Commerce Minister Michael Mischin and Regional Development Minister Terry Redman today announced the Federal and State governments would jointly fund the delivery of 109 of 130 new or upgraded mobile base stations in Western Australia under the Mobile Black Spot Program.

     

    Mr Mischin said $118.07 million would be invested in the State, with $32 million being contributed by the WA Government from the Royalties for Regions-funded Regional Telecommunications Project. 

     

    He said the additional funding from the Commonwealth would deliver 130 new or upgraded mobile base stations across WA, an increase from the 85 originally planned under the RTP. These are in addition to 23 sites already announced under the RTP.

     

    "The 130 sites are predominately focused on small communities and strategic locations in the southern half of the State, following on from the previous Regional Mobile Communications Project (RMCP), which targeted small communities and transport corridors primarily in the north of the State," Mr Mischin said.

     

    "Some of the highest priority areas include Salmon Holes, which has been the scene of numerous rock fishing incidents, as well as Mt Frankland West, Tindale Road Plantagenet in the South West and Great Southern in order to assist emergency service organisations.

     

    "In addition, the entire route from Minilya to Exmouth will be covered to promote public safety and tourism development and three towers will cover the length of the Ferguson Valley in the South West to improve community amenity and tourism.

     

    "Most notably, more than 30 communities in the Wheatbelt will receive coverage for the first time to boost economic development."

     

    Mr Redman said connectivity was fundamental to improving the productivity, competitive standing and wellbeing of regional WA.

     

    "The program will improve mobile coverage along major transport routes in WA, in small communities and in locations prone to experiencing natural disasters, as well as addressing unique mobile coverage problems," Mr Redman said.

     

    "It builds on the Royalties for Regions-funded $40 million RMCP, which was completed in September 2014 and successfully delivered 113 towers across nine regions.  This first project and the current $45million Regional Telecommunications Project brings the State Government's total investment in building phone towers in regional WA to $85 million since 2011."

     

    A map of locations in WA that will receive new or upgraded coverage under the Mobile Black Spot Program is available from http://www.communications.gov.au/mobile_coverage       

     

    Fact File

    • The Federal Government has contributed $100m to fix mobile black spots nationally
    • The successful locations were chosen following a competitive selection process, with the mobile network operators asked to nominate sites where they would build new or upgraded base stations to serve the black spot locations nominated by the public
    • The Australian Government selected the locations in accordance with the ranking process set out in the program guidelines issued publicly in December 2014
    • The Federal Government undertook an extensive public consultation process to determine black spot locations around Australia, with more than 6,000 locations included in a national database which was shared with mobile network operators under the competitive selection process
    • Base stations to be funded under the program will roll out over a three-year period and are subject to relevant local government and planning approvals
    •  Mobile Black Spot Program locations.pdf

    Commerce Minister's office - 6552 5600

    Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700