Mobile coverage switched on for Minilya
September 26, 2018
People living and travelling in the remote Minilya region will now benefit from improved mobile coverage thanks to the switch on of a new mobile base station under the Federal Government’s $220 million Mobile Black Spot Program.
Federal Member for Durack and Minister for the Environment Melissa Price welcomed the recent switch on of a new mobile base station at Minilya, north of Carnarvon on the North West Coastal Highway.
The new mobile base station was completed by Telstra and is the latest of 85 sites across the Durack Electorate to receive new or improved mobile coverage under the program.
“The Mobile Black Spot Program is vitally important for our regions. This new infrastructure will enable those living in regional and remote areas to participate in the digital economy whether it’s for business; or as access for education and health services across the country,” Ms Price said.
“It’s fantastic to see that the program is reaching more and more communities and regions across the country, like Minilya.”
The Mobile Black Spot Program is enabling mobile carriers to service areas like Minilya where it would otherwise not have been economically viable.
“Mobile coverage for this area will be fantastic for locals and tourism throughout the region; it is a highly utilised area for tourists heading both north and south, and west to Exmouth.
“I have worked hard with the community to identify black spot locations and have them fixed,” said Minister Price.
The Mobile Black Spot Program is delivering 876 new base stations over three rounds addressing black spots in every state and territory, bringing 21st century telecommunications to those living in regional Australia.
The Federal Government is further delivering on its commitment to improve mobile coverage, with a further $25 million committed to a fourth round of the program.