Dickson is set for improved mobile communications after five areas in the electorate were selected as priority locations as part of the Coalition Government’s $220 million Mobile Black Spot Program.
This announcement delivers on the Coalition’s commitment to address the coverage issues identified at Cashmere, Dayboro, Highvale, Samford and Wights Mountain in Dickson.
106 priority locations across Australia will benefit from improved mobile phone coverage. Optus, Telstra and Vodafone will build 102 new base stations under the Priority Location round. In addition, the carriers have commercial plans for new base stations that will further address mobile black spot issues in a number of the identified locations.
Member for Dickson Peter Dutton MP said the new coverage would open new doors for local businesses and the community, enabling them to access the same mobile services as those in major cities.
“It is fantastic news that we’ll soon have improved mobile coverage in Dickson thanks to the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program. Mobile black spots are incredibly frustrating for local residents or business owners living in the rural areas of Dickson and many constituents have spoken to me about the need to improve coverage. After the new mobile towers are built, there will be more opportunities for local businesses and it will be easier to connect with family and loved ones. I am pleased that the Government is investing in such important infrastructure,” Peter Dutton said.
The Coalition Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program is improving mobile coverage across Australia including along major regional transport routes, in small communities and at identified priority locations. More than 456 locations across Australia have already received new or improved coverage through rounds 1 and 2 of the program.
More information about the program and a list of the priority locations is available at www.communications.gov.au/mbsp