First class mobile coverage for Regional NSW

25 June 2015

Regional NSW map

The NSW Government will fix up to 795 mobile phone black spots making it easier for residents in regional communities to stay connected.

144 new or upgraded mobile base stations covering more than 14,000 square kilometres will benefit businesses and residents in regions like Dalgety in south-east NSW, Cargo in the central west and Urbenville in Northern NSW.

The Mobile Black Spot Programme will improve coverage along major transport routes, in small communities and locations prone to experiencing natural disasters, with funding to be rolled out over a 3-year period.

Record investment

Minister for Regional Development John Barilaro said the investment is the greatest increase in mobile network coverage to metropolitan, regional and remote communities delivered by a single public funding programme in the history of Australian mobile communications.

"The NSW Government's investment of $24 million, along with $28 million of Federal Government funding and a contribution from the network providers, will result in a total investment of $92 million," he said.

Election commitment

Today's announcement delivers a key election commitment for residents who deserve first class mobile coverage, which is critical for people living outside major cities who need access to emergency services.

The NSW Government worked closely with the Commonwealth Government to maximise the amount of funding available – and in turn maximise the impact of the Programme to provide new and improved mobile coverage in Regional NSW.

A map of locations is available at www.communications.gov.au/mobile_coverage

For more information, see the media release