FIXER-UPPER: Now is the time to nominate mobile black spots in the region.
FIXER-UPPER: Now is the time to nominate mobile black spots in the region. Kevin Farmer

Nominating black spots the only way to fix problem areas

Maranoa MP David Littleproud is calling for community and local council involvement to nominate mobile phone black spots, with Round 5 of the Mobile Black Spot Program application process now open.

"Breaks in our communications hinder emergency services, tourism and business - that's why this program is so important for Maranoa and why I've been advocating so hard on this issue,” Mr Littleproud said.

"The former Labor Government didn't even invest $1 to address mobile phone black spots or help to build a single tower - only a Coalition Government has made this investment to bolster telecommunications in the bush.

"Under Round 5 of this program, $80 million has been allocated to improve digital connectivity at economic centres, emergency service facilities and educational facilities.

"Having strong 4G signal will hand locals more choices in how they live their lives and give people greater opportunities to stay up to speed with education, business, news, loved ones and calling for help in an emergency.

"Under the Coalition Federal Government, funding for the Mobile Black Spot Program is now more than $760 million”.

Applications for the next round of the Mobile Black Spot Program close on July 26.

More information about Round 5 of the Coalition Federal Government's Mobile Black Spot Program can be found at www.communications.gov.au/mbsp


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