Funding announced for mobile black spots25/06/2015
Up to 12,000 households and businesses across regional Victoria will benefit from improvements to mobile coverage and connectivity, under an $86 million black spot elimination project.
The Victorian Government today announced a major project to construct 109 mobile towers across regional Victoria over the next three years, eliminating communication black spots and boosting the state’s regional economy by an estimated $120 million per year.
Project allocation for the black spots follows a successful joint bid by the Government and Telstra to the Commonwealth Government’s $100 million Mobile Black Spot Programme.
The Government has committed $21 million to the project, working collaboratively with Telstra and the Commonwealth Government to maximise the amount of funding available, generating a project worth $86 million to the state.
Public safety and emergency management were also high priorities in developing the Government’s submission to the black spots programme.
Emergency Management Victoria, headed by Commissioner Craig Lapsley, played an important role in developing the joint submission and focussing on improved community access to emergency information in the event of bushfire.
The new mobile towers will be built across the regional municipalities of Alpine, Baw Baw, Benalla, Colac Otway, East Gippsland, Gannawarra, Glenelg, Golden Plains, Greater Geelong, Hepburn, Hindmarsh, Horsham, Indigo, Latrobe, Loddon, Macedon Ranges, Mansfield, Mildura, Mitchell, Moorabool, Mount Alexander, Murrindindi, Nillumbik, Northern Grampians, Pyrenees, South Gippsland, Southern Grampians, Swan Hill, Towong, Wellington, West Wimmera, Yarra Ranges and Yarriambiack.
A full list of locations is available at www.communications.gov.au/mobile_coverage