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Best National Outcome for Mobile Coverage in Durack

Forty four Durack areas will benefit from new and improved mobile coverage.

The Federal Member for Durack, the Honourable Melissa Price is thrilled that Australia’s largest electorate with some of the most remote Australian communities has been so successful.

It  has  been  announced  today  that  Durack  has  been  the  most  successful  Australian  electorate  receiving funding  for  44  new  bases  stations  under  Round  5  of  the  Morrison  Government’s  highly  successful  $380 million Mobile Black Spot Program.

“Durack regions can be confident that their business and community interests are receiving the attention they deserve benefitting from funding for improved mobile connectivity provided by these 44 new base stations,” Melissa Price said.

“From Cunderdin North in the Wheatbelt to 3 Abrolhos Islands and Drysdale River Station on the Gibb River Road  in  the  remote  Kimberley,  it  is  important  that  these  communities  receive  the  best  21st  century connectivity available despite their isolation,” Ms Price said.

“ It’s particularly good  news at this challenging time of the conoronviarus pandemic when I know  technology is proving even more vital for Durack families to connect, to access quality education, health services, and  to do business globally,” Ms Price said.

The Federal Government is contributing a total of $34 million to Round 5 of the Program, which will deliver total new investment of more than $73 million together with co-contributions from the funding recipients and state governments.

The announcement of  successful Round  5  locations  today brings  the  total number of  base stations being funded under the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program to 1,229.

Round  5  base  stations  are  scheduled  to  roll  out  in  the  coming  months  with  the  first  new  base  stations expected to be activated by the end of the year.

To view the full list of Round 5 locations visit, or to provide feedback on the discussion paper on the design of future rounds, visit: communications.gov.au/mbsp

The Government intends that the next step in the Mobile Black Spots program will be to conduct a Round 5A, which will be used to test a range of different program designs.  Funding for round 5A will be drawn from the unused portion of the funding allocated to Round 5.

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Rose Crane: 0427 587 395. Rosemea.Crane@aph.gov.au

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