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Boosting Kybybolite's Mobile Service

The Coalition Government is calling on telecommunication companies to tender for the 'Priority Locations Round' of the federal Mobile Black Spot program, set to improve coverage in Flow region Kybybolite.

Minister for Communications, Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield, and Federal Member for Barker Tony MP are driving the program, in which $60 million has been committed to address 106 priority locations across Australia that have been identified as having poor or no mobile coverage.

This is on top of the 765 locations already being addressed under the first two rounds of the Mobile Black Spot Program.

In the electorate of Barker, seven mobile black spot locations are already being upgraded, bringing new coverage to locations including Meribah and Paruna, Mindarie, Maggea, Wynarka, Pata, and Mundulla West.

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Minister Fifield commented on the Mobile Black Spot program, saying: “We’re already delivering 765 towers which will provide coverage for 32,000 homes and businesses, and now we’ll deliver coverage to even more regional Australians.”

The Coalition Government expects the tender process to be finalised by the end of the year, with the rollout of successful towers to commence early in 2018.

Mr Pasin said: “I understand that that the communities in Kalangadoo and Kybybolite are frustrated with the time this is taking.

"It was certainly not anticipated to take this long, but I can assure them these towers will be built.

“The ‘priority round’ is different to the other rounds of the blackspot program because it identifies locations that would have not attracted private investment from telecommunications companies on their own.

“The Coalition Government has identified these locations and will ensure improved mobile coverage in these areas that would otherwise have missed out,” Mr Pasin said.

The program guidelines for the Priority Locations round are now available online at communications.gov.au/mbsp.

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