LABOR WILL FIX MOBILE BLACK SPOTS IN PAGE
28 Jun 2016
Shadow Minister for Regional Communications, Stephen Jones, and Labor candidate for Page, Janelle Saffin, today announced that a Shorten Labor Government will provide funding to fix mobile blackspots in the Northern Rivers and North Coast region of NSW.
Fixing mobile black spots by building critical infrastructure will save lives and improve mobile communications for residents and businesses in regional NSW.
Stephen Jones said that only Labor was committed to improving the administration of the Mobile Black Spot program across Australia.
“Labor will not only match the Turnbull Government’s promises on mobile black spot funding, we will actually improve the administration of the Mobile Black Spot program and give priority to regional areas of Northern NSW prone to natural disasters, like bushfires and floods,” Mr Jones said.
“Mr Turnbull’s Mobile Black Spot program just isn’t up to scratch. There are some locations, such as Maclean, Wooli, Summerland Way and Woodenbong, that should have been funded but were not.
“We must do more to help regional communities when it comes to mobile black spots. This is vital infrastructure that people rely on,” Mr Jones said.
Labor candidate for Page, Janelle Saffin, said local communities have waited too long to have better or any mobile phone coverage.
“Mobile phone coverage saves lives in an emergency and is central to the daily life of our region,” Ms Saffin said.
“Many parts of our region are vulnerable to flood and bushfire, so these services are very important to the community.
“The lack of coverage is particularly problematic for the elderly members of our community who rely on these connections to stay in touch with family and friends.
“Of the 499 mobile towers funded in Round One of the Mobile Black Spot program, as of 4 May 2016 only 21 had been switched on.
“A Shorten Labor Government will ensure that the roll out continues and is focused on the getting better coverage for Northern NSW," Ms Saffin said.