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Rollout to ease mobile reception black spots across region

MOBILE reception is set to be vastly improved across the Northern Rivers with a major rollout of new base stations announced yesterday.

Across Kyogle, Tenterfield, Lismore, Richmond Valley and Byron local government areas there will be 19 new base stations built under the Federal Government's $100 million Mobile Black Spots Programme.

Work on the first base stations is expected to start before the end of the year and the rollout will continue over three years.

The 19 are among 499 new or upgraded base stations to be built across the country in the largest one-time increase in mobile network coverage ever to regional Australia.

Page MP Kevin Hogan said his electorate had received a generous share of the funding pool, with $8.1 million to fix 91 black spots of 140 identified during the public consultation period.

The black spots that will be fixed are at Afterlee, Alstonville, Angourie, Babyl Creek, Ballina. Bean Creek, Bentley, Bingeebeebra Creek, Black Rocks, Blaxlands Creek, Bonalbo, Boomi Creek, Boorabee Park, Bottle Creek, Boundary Road, Cambridge Plateau, Casino, Cedar Point, Codrington, Collins Creek, Copmanhurst, Culmaran Creek, Doubtful Creek, Dyraaba, East Lismore, Eden Creek, Edenville, Ellangowan, Ellis Road, Ettrick, Evans Head, Fairy Hill, Ghinni Ghi, Goonellabah, Gorge Creek, Grafton, Green Pigeon, Hernani, Iluka, Iron Pot Creek, Joes Box, Junction Hill, Kyogle, Leeville, Little Back Creek, Lower Bottle Creek, Lower Duck Creek, Lower Dyraaba, Lower Peacock, Mylneford, Nymboida, Old Bonalbo, Paddy's Flat, Pagans Flat, Peacock Creek, Pearces Creek, Pines Road, Piora, Rous, Rous Mill, Ruthven, Sandilands, Sextonville, Shannon Brook, Smiths Creek, South Arm, South Gundurimba, Tabulam, Therese Creek, Tooloom, Toonumbar, Toonumbar Dam, Tucki Tucki, Tunglebung, Upper Duck Creek, Whiteman Creek, Wollongbar, Woolners Arm, Wooloweyah, Wyrallah, Yabbra and Yamba.

The government simultaneously announced $60 million was available for a second round of the program, so there was a good chance of fixing more holes in the network over coming years.

The Commonwealth funding of $28 million for NSW was matched by $24 million from the NSW Government and $40 million from the private sector.

Lismore MP Thomas George said the commitment delivered a key election promise for residents "who deserve a first class mobile coverage, which is critical for people living outside major cities who need access to emergency services".

Telstra will build 14 of the new base stations, while Vodaphone will build four. They will be required to obtain local government approval.

NEW BASE STATIONS

Kyogle shire: Bonalbo (2), Babyl Creek, Lower Peacock, Ettrick, Culmara Creek & Drake

Tenterfield shire: Sandy Hill, Urbenville, Drake, Mt Carrington & Tabulam (west of)

Lismore: Koonorigan, The Channon & Coffee Camp

Richmond Valley: Bentley & Piora

Byron shire: Clunes (east of) & Possum Creek



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