Lift in mobile reception for some areas of the Tweed

IMPROVED mobile reception is on its way for some areas in the Tweed after the Federal Government announced the first round of Mobile Black Spot Program funding.

The program will upgrade mobile telecommunications infrastructure throughout Australia to improve network coverage for metropolitan, regional and remote areas.

Funding was announced on June 25 to improve infrastructure at Farrants Hill, Burringbar, Kunghur and Currumbin Creek Road, and will improve coverage in some areas of the Tweed.

Council's Corporate and Economic Planner Mark Tickle said the Mobile Black Spot Programme funding was appreciated.

"The areas receiving funding have some of the worst mobile reception in the Tweed," he said. "Council was jointly involved with the then Tweed Economic Development Corporation in developing the Tweed Telecommunications Infrastructure Plan in 2009.

"One of the aspects of this plan was to lobby the Federal Government to upgrade poor telecommunications infrastructure in this area."

An extra $60 million will be allocated by the Government in Round 2, with funding to be available over two years from July 1, 2016.

The first base stations funded under the program are expected to be rolled out before the end of 2015 but the rollout will continue for three years.

See a map of round 1 locations at http://nationalmap.gov.au/.


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