Nominate mobile black spot areas by end of the year

RESIDENTS have until the end of this year to nominate mobile black spot locations to be considered under round two of the Commonwealth Government's Mobile Black Spot Programme.

Flynn MP Ken O'Dowd said there was $60 million allocated to help provide new or upgraded mobile coverage as part of the programme.

"I strongly encourage residents to nominate mobile black spots in the local area before the deadline of December 31."

Areas in Mr O'Dowd's Central Queensland electorate benefited under the first round of funding, with Flynn receiving a total funding package of $7.65 million to build or upgrade ten mobile base stations in the Boyne Valley, Banana Shire, Central Highlands and North Burnett regions.

Mr O'Dowd has praised the programme for aiming to improve mobile communications in rural areas, especially during natural disasters.

Are mobile phone black spots still a problem in the Gladstone region?

This poll ended on 12 December 2015.

Current Results

Yes.

90%

No.

9%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

"The Mobile Black Spot Programme is helping people in areas like the Boyne Valley and Banana Shire, who are regularly isolated with no form of communication during flooding events and other natural disaster," Mr O'Dowd said.

"With this programme, the Coalition Government is proving our dedication to helping regional areas gain access to the same communication as metropolitan areas, and we have had considerable success in this respect."

Under Round Two, the Government will select successful locations in accordance with the ranking process outlined in the programme guidelines, which will be issued publicly prior to the commencement of the competitive selection process.

The competitive selection process is scheduled to begin in early 2016, and the Government expects to be in a position to announce the successful locations by the end of 2016.

Black spot nominations for Round 2 of the Programme can be made online here.