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Mobile Phone Black Spot Funding

If elected in 2018, a Marshall Liberal Government will establish a $10 million fund to address Mobile Black Spots across South Australia.

The Problem

The Federal Government has committed $220 million to the Mobile Black Spot Program for investment in telecommunications infrastructure to improve mobile coverage along major regional transport routes, in small communities and in locations prone to natural disasters.

The federal funding is being augmented by co-contributions from the private sector and state governments.

This is resulting in one of the largest ever expansions of mobile coverage in regional and remote Australia.

Compared with other states however, the Weatherill Government has been miserly in its consideration of the needs of our regions, as shown in the following table covering the first two rounds of funding:

State Government contribution Number of new towers to be installed
WA - $86m 338
NSW - $55m 327
VIC - $50m 252
QLD - $34m 212
SA - $1.5m (Rounds 1 and 2) 31

The Weatherill Government’s lack of support means that fast mobile voice and data services will continue to be denied to many communities outside Adelaide.

The State Liberals' Plan

If elected in 2018, a Marshall Liberal Government will establish a $10 million fund to address Mobile Black Spots across South Australia.

This fund would enable us to leverage contributions from telecommunications companies to deliver new and upgraded towers to priority black spots in regional and remote South Australia.

We will work with the Commonwealth Government to identify opportunities to leverage other funding programs.

Reliable mobile phone coverage is vital for people living in our regional cities, towns and beyond.

Mobile phones are not just a convenience.

Mobile phone coverage enhances community safety but has other benefits as well.

These include contributing to business efficiencies and encouraging more tourists to travel more widely in our regions and remote areas.

Part of our plan for SA