The Mobile Black Spot program has helped install many new towers in the South Burnett since 2015 … now the Federal Government wants community input on the next phase of the program
Agriculture Minister and Member for Maranoa David Littleproud

May 18, 2020

South Burnett residents are being urged have their say about the next round of the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program (MBSP).

A discussion paper on design options for Round 5A of the MBSP was released last month.

“When outcomes of Round 5 of the MBSP were announced, the Government released a discussion paper on design options for Round 5A to test a range of new approaches for delivery of the program to ensure it continues to be fit-for-purpose,” Member for Maranoa David Littleproud said.

“With $46 million on the table for Round 5A and a further $80 million committed for Round 6, the MBSP has plenty more to do.

“In order to deliver this, it is vital we receive feedback on proposed changes from rural and regional communities.”

The discussion paper proposes a series of changes to the program’s eligibility guidelines so it continues to deliver high-value outcomes to regional and remote Australia.

The paper proposes three main objectives for Round 5A:

  • To improve coverage in areas prone to natural disasters, including bushfires
  • To improve coverage along major regional and remote transport corridors, and
  • To trial new technology solutions in areas where low population densities have discouraged applications in previous rounds.

The discussion paper is open for submissions until June 19, 2020.

Public submissions can be made online

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