LABOR’S COMMITMENT TO MOBILE BLACK SPOT PROGRAM IN LONGMAN

Labor’s Regional Communications Spokesperson Stephen Jones and Labor’s candidate for Longman Susan Lamb today announced that Labor will provide funding to help fix a notorious mobile black spot in Ningi.

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This is critical infrastructure that saves lives in an emergency and is central to the daily life of all local residents and businesses.

Unfortunately, this location was overlooked by the Turnbull Government in Round One of the Mobile Black Spot Programme.

A Shorten Labor Government will fix this.

Stephen Jones said that Labor was committed to improving the administration of the Mobile Black Spot programme across Australia.

“Under the Government’s watch there were some glaring omissions in the Mobile Black Spot Programme. There are locations that should have been funded but were not and Ningi is an example of this.

“We must do more to help regional communities when it comes to mobile black spots; this is infrastructure that people rely on.”

Susan Lamb said that the announcement would make a huge difference to local communities.

“Residents throughout Longman are frustrated with Malcolm Turnbull’s Mobile Black Spot programme rollout, which means they experience poor mobile coverage at home and at work.

“Poor mobile coverage impacts families, students and small businesses in our region.

“Ningi is a promising gateway to an emerging tourism area that can be of huge benefit to the local economy.

“But right now lots of small businesses in the area complain that a lack of mobile phone reception is holding them back.”

Of the 499 mobile towers funded in Round One of the Mobile Black Spot Programme, as of 4 May 2016 only 21 had been switched on.

The Liberals have over-promised and under-delivered on mobile black spots.

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