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Better mobile coverage for eastern suburbs

BULLSBROOK, the Swan Valley, Chidlow, Parkerville and Bickley are set to benefit from the federal government’s mobile black spot program.

Pearce MHR Christian Porter and Regional Communications Minister Senator Bridget McKenzie announced the suburbs had been listed in the priority locations round of the Coalition Government’s $220 million program.

In a press release Mr Porter and Senator McKenzie said the suburbs would be among 106 priority locations across Australia to benefit from improved mobile phone coverage with Optus, Telstra and Vodafone to build 102 new base stations under the priority location round. 

In addition, the carriers have commercial plans for new base stations that will further address mobile black spot issues in a number of the identified locations.

Mr Porter said the improved coverage would open new doors for businesses and the community, enabling them to access the same mobile services as those in major cities.

“The Coalition’s mobile black spot program is already delivering new or improved coverage to six sites across Pearce, which will see local businesses and residents in the area benefit from access to 21st century communications,” he said.

“These two priority locations will receive funding for a Telstra macro base station which will improve mobile coverage in both areas.”

Senator McKenzie said construction of the new mobile phone towers would get underway soon with $60m of the funding to target priority black spot areas with poor or no mobile coverage, like in Bullsbrook and the Swan Valley.

“Only the Coalition understands the importance of modern telecommunications for our regional communities and has implemented a plan to deliver,’’ she said. 

“I’m excited to reach this next milestone of the mobile black spot program and look forward to seeing the first base stations under this round completed later this year.”

They said the government’s mobile black spot program was improving mobile coverage across Australia including along major regional transport routes, in small communities and at identified priority locations. 

More than 456 locations across Australia have already received new or improved coverage through rounds 1 and 2 of the program.

About Anita

Anita Mcinnes received a highly commended in the 2009 WA Media Awards suburban section for her reporting. Two of her sons were born at Swan District Hospital and for many years she was a partner in a small business, which operated in the Gingin-Muchea-Bullsbrook area. As a mature age student Anita studied journalism at Curtin University before working in Busselton, Dunsborough and Rockingham with West Regionals. She says the best part of her job is meeting eastern suburb residents and visiting the many attractions in the area.

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