Mobile Black Spot Program delivers for Mayo

22 Mar 2019

Mobile black spots on eastern Kangaroo Island and Long Valley Rd between Strathalbyn and Wistow will be fixed under round four of the Morrison Government’s $220 million Mobile Black Spot Program (MBSP).

Liberal candidate for Mayo Georgina Downer said the base stations improving mobile coverage in the black spots would be operational before 30 June 2020.

“Reliable mobile coverage has become essential and regional areas like Mayo need it more than ever,” Ms Downer said. “It’s one of the main issues which gets raised with me when I speak to residents and businesses in the electorate.

“Under round four of the MBSP, almost $20 million will be invested in mobile infrastructure and this includes a $5.5 million contribution from the Morrison Government, which is prioritising regional areas with the program.

“Most of these base stations will be established in other electorates such as Grey and Barker, a direct and welcome result of effective lobbying by the local members representing them.

“By contrast, Mayo has received funding for only two base stations.”

Ms Downer said addressing that shortcoming would be a key priority if she was elected.

“I’ll be completely focused on the issues which matter to Mayo and improving our mobile coverage is a key priority. This is essential infrastructure which improves safety, economic activity, business productivity, and experiences for visiting tourists.

“I won’t be distracted by issues outside the electorate. For me, it’s all about what’s best for Mayo and that’s a Liberal National Government which has prioritised regional infrastructure and services as part of its highly successful management of the economy.”