Tenders closed for Sunshine Coast Hinterland Mobile Black Spot Towers
All tenders are now in for the construction of new Federally funded mobile telephone black spot towers in Beerwah and Glass House Mountains. Funding for the towers was announced by Federal Member for Fisher Andrew Wallace in November last year.
Mr Wallace said that the closing of the tender process is an important step in getting residents of the Sunshine Coast hinterland the mobile telephone reception they deserve.
“These mobile phone black spot towers at Beerwah and Glass House are going to make a big contribution to our local community. People who live in our hinterland want the same high quality mobile reception that city dwellers enjoy, and for those who own a small business it can be critical to their success. These new towers are going to deliver that for Beerwah and Glass House” Mr Wallace said.
Competitive tenders from the major telecommunications companies for 106 locations around Australia are now under assessment as part of the third round of the Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program. These 106 towers will join the 765 locations which have already commenced under the Program, including the tower already underway near Peachester. The Government has committed $60 million to this round.
Mr Wallace said that now the tenders are in residents can expect an announcement of the chosen providers for our local towers in the coming weeks.
“I am holding 14 Listening Posts this week in communities like Maleny, Glass House, Peachester, and Beerburrum, and time and again, local residents have told me what a big issue mobile telephone reception is. These towers cannot come soon enough, and I intend to get in touch with the chosen companies as soon as we know who they are to ask that they get these builds underway as soon as possible.” he said.
The Mobile Black spot program has added handheld coverage to more than 86,300 square kilometres of regional Australia to date, with Round 3 expected to increase this coverage by thousands more.
The program guidelines for the Priority Locations round are available at www.communications.gov.au/mbsp