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

    Fairer deal secured for mobile black spot funding

    22/03/2019 2:30 PM
    • McGowan Government secures better deal for WA in Mobile Black Spot Program
    • State Government to invest $4.3 million towards 26 new mobile base stations across regional WA 

    The McGowan Government has secured a fairer deal for regional Western Australian residents, with 26 new mobile base stations to be built across the State.


    The Federal and State governments will contribute $4.3 million each to the Mobile Black Spot Round 4 program in WA, with a further $6 million from telecommunications companies.


    The investment will expand mobile coverage in each of WA's nine regions. 


    The McGowan Government has advocated strongly for a fairer share of Federal mobile black spot funding for Western Australia, after the State received funding for just seven towers in Round 3 of the program.


    The State Government last year completed a Telecommunications Investment Prioritisation Study across regional WA, and provided a list of priority sites for investment to the Federal Government as part of consultation for this round of the program.


    Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan:


    "This joint investment from the McGowan Government and the Federal Government represents a real win for WA.


    "After receiving just seven base towers in the last round of this program, announced with no consultation with the State Government, we've been working hard to secure a fairer deal for our regions - and one that reflects our State's needs.


    "Our regional areas deserve the same access to telecommunications as people in Perth, and our investment will help to expand mobile coverage to those who need it most.


    "This State investment is just one of a suite of McGowan Government programs to drive better connectivity in the bush - including our $5 million Digital Farm program which will bring enterprise-grade broadband to more than 1,200 WA farming businesses."


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    Mobile Black Spot Round 4 Sites

    Site name/addressCarrierRegion
    Arrowsmith EastTelstraMid-West
    CheynesTelstraGreat Southern
    Coalfields Road (Darkan)TelstraWheatbelt
    Nannup NorthTelstraSouth-West
    Gnowangerup Jerramungup RoadTelstraGreat Southern
    Kooljaman ResortTelstraKimberley
    Laverton, Cosmo Newberry TelstraGoldfields-Esperance
    Laverton, Mulga QueenTelstraGoldfields-Esperance
    MettlerTelstraGreat Southern
    Milo, Midlands RoadTelstraMid-West
    Nanga Brook CampsiteTelstraPeel
    Narrikup WestTelstraGreat Southern
    Ngaanyatjarra Lands, KiwirrkurraTelstraPilbara
    Shannon CampgroundTelstraSouth-West
    West PingellyTelstraWheatbelt
    Yardie Creek, Ningaloo (Yardie Creek Road)TelstraGascoyne
    Gibb River StationOptusKimberley
    Punmu StationOptusPilbara
    Tjukayirla RoadhouseOptusGoldfields-Esperance