Minister for Regional Communications Fiona Nash, Page MP Kevin Hogan, Richmond Valley Mayor Ernie Bennett and Casino livestock agent Matt McCormack, near where a mobile phone base station will be erected north of Casino, if the coalition are elected. Photo: Rodney Stevens/ The Northern Star
Minister for Regional Communications Fiona Nash, Page MP Kevin Hogan, Richmond Valley Mayor Ernie Bennett and Casino livestock agent Matt McCormack, near where a mobile phone base station will be erected north of Casino, if the coalition are elected. Photo: Rodney Stevens/ The Northern Star Rodney Stevens

Nationals to wipe out nasty black spots in mobile coverage

MATT McCormack will no longer think about sending a carrier pigeon if the coalition win the election and upgrade mobile blackspots in the Page electorate.

The Casino based livestock agent said service was consistently patchy at best at the saleyards, and sometimes sending a carrier pigeon would be a better option than a phone call.

“The livestock industry is going to benefit greatly with the saleyards being in the region where one of these towers is going to go,” he said.

“In the past we have a fair bit of trouble with mobile phone coverage at the saleyards, so it means a lot to us to make phone calls while we have got a sale going on.”

Page MP Kevin Hogan was joined by Regional Communications Minister Fiona Nash today to announce four mobile base stations would be upgraded under the coalitions $60 million blackspot program, if the Turnbull government is returned to power.

Mr Hogan and Ms Nash said new mobile base stations at Nammoona, Ramornie, Yorklea, and Kyogle will bring a much-needed boost to mobile coverage, providing benefits to emergency service operators, businesses, and residents.

“Residents and businesses around those areas are now going to have, as they should and as they need to conduct their commerce and their business, good mobile phone reception,” Mr Hogan said.

“We have selected these areas of the electorate because they have been overlooked by mobile network operators due to commercial factors.

“The Coalition is committed to improving mobile coverage along major transport routes, in small communities, as well as addressing unique mobile coverage problems such as areas with high seasonal demand.

“The Coalition is investing $220 million into fixing mobile black spots...and is fixing 3,000 black spots in Round 1 alone of its Mobile Black Spots Programme,” Ms Nash said.

Mr Hogan said 140 mobile phone blackspots had been in the Page electorate, of which 91 were improved after installing 11 new mobile base stations in the first round of its mobile blackspots program.



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