Hasluck MHR Ken Wyatt pledges funds for mobile black spots

HASLUCK MHR Ken Wyatt has pledged a Coalition Government would fix more mobile phone black spots.

Mr Wyatt said an additional $60 million commitment had been given to extend the successful Mobile Black Spot Program.

Mr Wyatt said more new mobile base stations would bring a boost to coverage, providing benefits to emergency service operators, businesses and residents.

“In the Hills area where there is bushland, it is critical to have good coverage for effective communications in the time of crisis, such as a bushfire,” Mr Wyatt said.

“We are committing an additional $60 million on top of the $160 million already invested.”

The program will deliver a new mobile base station in Gidgegannup by the end of 2016.

He said the $60 million funding round was already under way, with successful locations to be announced by the end of 2016.

Hasluck Labor candidate Bill Leadbetter said his party supported the allocation of additional mobile phone black spot funding.

“Unfortunately, it is nothing new… this is a re-announcement of money that was allocated in February,” he said.