The Grey electorate will get 16 new mobile phone towers as a result of Round 4 of the Mobile Black Spots program the Member for Grey, Rowan Ramsey announced today.
“This is a fantastic result and will bring the total number of facilities delivered in Grey under this Coalition program to 39”, Mr Ramsey said.
“The good result for South Australia has come on the back of a new State Government seeking to take an active investment role for the first time as opposed to the disinterest shown by their predecessors.”
“The extra 16 towers will make an enormous difference particularly in some of our more isolated communities and I thank both Telstra and Optus for their continued interest and investment in growing the network”, he said. ”In a technological age it is important we have as much coverage as practical to ensure businesses can compete on an equal footing and we have tools necessary to make decisions dependent on information.”
“More good news came today when Minister Bridgette McKenzie announced that a further $160m has been committed to two more rounds of the Black Spots program. There is also an allocation of $60m for a new Regional Connectivity Program. It is a fantastic result and exactly what I have been lobbying for.”
“These strong announcements demonstrate the Coalition’s commitment to ensuring regional Australians have access to 21st century communications and is great news for those living, working and travelling throughout Grey”, Mr Ramsey said.
“The Coaltion Government is the only government to have ever invested in the mobile network in rural and regional areas. Sixteen towers in Round 4 is great news and now we know there is even more to come.”
Mr Ramsey said the Government had established the Regional Independent Review Committee to map deficient spots and recommend investments for future improvement of telecommunications and thanked those who contributed to that process.
“It is very gratifying to see the level of investment coming as a result of that process and to reap the benefits of a State and Federal government committed to the same outcome.”
The new sites will be at:
Flinders Ranges Way
Flinders Ranges Way
Media contact: Leonie Lloyd-Smith 8633 1744
March 22 2019