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Mobile Black Spots - We Heard Your Call!

As many of you are aware, Regional Development Australia Yorke and Mid North (RDAYMN) have been collating information relating to mobile ‘black spots’ in our region. The Federal Government Department of Communications has announced an $80 million ‘Mobile Network Expansion Project’ and a $20 million ‘Mobile Black Spots Project’ to address a number of black spot and coverage issues.

As many of you are aware, Regional Development Australia Yorke and Mid North (RDAYMN) have been collating information relating to mobile ‘black spots’ in our region. The Federal Government Department of Communications has announced an $80 million ‘Mobile Network Expansion Project’ and a $20 million ‘Mobile Black Spots Project’ to address a number of black spot and coverage issues.

We have now developed a comprehensive list with approximately 100 identified mobile black spots, thanks to the many people who have contacted us during the past few weeks.

From Curramulka to Penwortham, Mt Bryan to Pekina Valley, Koolunga to Port Moorowie to name just a few, we have advised the Federal Department of Communications of the locations and the issues and impacts mobile black spots have on our community members.

Some of the key issues identified include:

  • Disruption and negative impact upon the day to day operations of businesses;
  • The ability to access urgent medical attention;
  • General safety issues relating to isolation and particularly the safety of residents and firefighters unable to communicate in extremely dangerous environments and conditions;
  • Impacts on tourist and visitor experience in parts of the region.

The next phase of this initiative will include the Department of Communication sharing the information collected with mobile carriers and other parties to assist them in preparing funding proposals through the Mobile Coverage Programme. Note that the Department is still continuing to accept nominations of locations to be included in the database. You can access the regions list of black spots from our website, which we will continue to update in the short term at www.yorkeandmidnorth.com.au/resources/publications (under ‘Economic’).

There are many regional black spots across regional Australia, so there will be many areas across the country that will be seeking to have their issues addressed. Therefore, it is important to be conscious that not all of the black spots identified will be improved in the short to medium term.

We would again like to thank all of you who have contacted us about mobile black spots and the many local newspapers and radio stations that have helped us get the word out to you. We appreciate that many community members have taken an interest and we will keep you informed as the initiative progresses. Fingers crossed the Yorke and Mid North region gets the much needed coverage improvements it deserves!

We would also like to remind people that there is a Satellite Phone Subsidy Scheme available to eligible applicants. More information on this scheme is available via: www.communications.gov.au/mobile_services/the_satellite_phone_subsidy_scheme

Media Contact:

Jo-anne Buchanan, Economic Development Officer
Phone: 0429 095 805
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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