Hon Alannah MacTiernan MLC

Hon Alannah MacTiernan MLC

Minister for Regional Development; Agriculture and Food; Ports; Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development, Jobs and Trade

    Regional WA short-changed on black spot funding

    24/11/2017 10:25 AM
     
    • Only seven WA locations out of 106 nation-wide in latest round of Federal Government mobile black spot funding
    • WA Government has contributed more to the Mobile Black Spot Program than any other State  

    The Federal Government has once again shown disdain for Western Australia, with only seven locations in the State prioritised in the latest round of mobile black spot funding - out of 106 nation-wide.

     

    Of these seven locations, only one is located in the regions.

     

    In previous rounds of the Mobile Black Spot Program, the Federal Government has consulted with State governments to prioritise locations for mobile phone towers.

     

    However, in the current round, no consultation took place - the funded locations were announced as election commitments.

     

    The Western Australian Government has contributed more than $53 million to the Mobile Black Spot Program over the past three years - $20 million more than the next highest contributing State.

     

    Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan:

     

    "Our GST share is just the tip of the iceberg: now WA is now being ripped off by the Federal Government on mobile black spot funding.

     

    "WA takes up about one-third of the country - there is no question that black spots are a major issue for regional people and visitors across the State.

     

    "We're calling on the Federal Government to take an open and transparent look at WA's needs on mobile black spots, and to stump up a fairer share for our State."

     

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