Govt funds for mobile black spot funding

Govt funds for mobile black spot funding

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Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan.

Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan.

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The State government to invest $4.3 million towards 26 new mobile base stations across regional WA

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The State government has secured a fairer deal for regional Western Australian residents, with 26 new mobile base stations to be built across the State.

The Federal and State governments will contribute $4.3 million each to the Mobile Black Spot Round 4 program in WA, with a further $6m from telecommunications companies.

The investment will expand mobile coverage in each of WA's nine regions.

Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan said the joint investment from the State and Federal governments represented a real win for WA.

"After receiving just seven base towers in the last round of this program, announced with no consultation with the State Government, we've been working hard to secure a fairer deal for our regions - and one that reflects our State's needs," Ms MacTiernan said.

"Our regional areas deserve the same access to telecommunications as people in Perth, and our investment will help to expand mobile coverage to those who need it most.

"This State investment is just one of a suite of McGowan Government programs to drive better connectivity in the bush - including our $5 million Digital Farm program which will bring enterprise-grade broadband to more than 1200 WA farming businesses."

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