Labor’s Regional Communications Spokesperson Stephen Jones, Member for Wakefield Nick Champion and Labor candidate for the Senate, Don Farrell announced that Labor will provide funding to help fix notorious mobile black spots in the Wasley’s and Clare Valley regions in Wakefield and at Elliston in Grey.
This is critical infrastructure that saves lives in an emergency and is central to the daily life of all local residents and businesses.
Unfortunately, these locations have been overlooked by the Turnbull Government’s 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 the Wasleys and Clare Valley regions are examples of this.
“We must do more to help regional communities when it comes to mobile black spots; this is infrastructure that people rely on.”
Nick Champion said that the announcement would make a huge difference to local communities.
“The Pinery Fires had a devastating impact on our community. It was clear in the aftermath of the fires how critical proper mobile coverage is in the regions.”
Don Farrell, Labor Candidate for the Senate said that as a local Clare Valley business owner the investment in local mobile blackspots will help the regions tourism and wine industries prosper.
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.