Boosting mobile phone coverage in Hume

THRILLED: Federal Member for Hume Angus Taylor has been a strong advocate for improved mobile phone coverage in his electorate.
THRILLED: Federal Member for Hume Angus Taylor has been a strong advocate for improved mobile phone coverage in his electorate.

This is sponsored content for Angus Taylor MP, Federal Member for Hume, Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction.

Federal Member for Hume Angus Taylor has announced six new locations in Hume will receive boosted mobile phone coverage.

Under Round 5 of the Federal Government's Mobile Black Spot Program, a small cell base station will be installed at the following locations in Hume:

  • Goodman's Ford (Telstra)
  • Lakesland (Optus)
  • New Wollondilly (Telstra)
  • Werombi (Optus)
  • Wombeyan Caves (Optus)
  • Yerranderie (Telstra)

Mr Taylor said this was great news once again for Hume.

Twenty-four base stations have been funded under the program to date, with 13 now complete.

"I'm thrilled that residents and businesses in these locations will soon be able to enjoy all the benefits that improved mobile connectivity brings," Mr Taylor said.

"Now more than ever it is crucial we stay connected and these base stations will ensure that residents living within these areas or those travelling through can make phone calls and use mobile data."

This comes as the Mobile Black Spot Program passes a significant milestone with more than 800 mobile base stations now on air across Australia, meaning more coverage in more rural areas.

The Federal Government is contributing a total of $34 million to Round 5 of the Program, which will deliver total new investment of more than $73 million together with co-contributions from the funding recipients and state governments.

The announcement of 182 successful Round 5 base stations means a total of 1229 base stations are being delivered under the program, with Round 5 base stations expected to roll out over the coming months.

The Government has committed $80 million in funding to a Round 6 of the Program, which will commence following Round 5A.

"In conjunction with Round 5, the Government has also decided to launch Round 5A to utilise unspent funds," Mr Taylor said.

"A discussion paper is currently calling for public submissions to suggest design options for this round."

Mr Taylor said small cell base stations would typically deliver 4G mobile coverage across an area of a couple of kilometres.

"In each of the successful locations the lack of mobile coverage has been an issue in the community for many years and during my time as local member I have advocated on their behalf on many occasions for a mobile phone tower," he said.

More information about the program is available at: communications.gov.au/mbsp.

This is sponsored content for Angus Taylor MP, Federal Member for Hume, Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction.