Residents of the Grey electorate have been urged to have a say on a discussion paper looking at the delivery of the next round of the Mobile Black Spot Program to improve coverage across regional Australia.
The government released the discussion paper to give people a say on the design of round 5a of the program which funds telecommunication infrastructure to improve phone coverage across the country.
The paper proposes changes to eligibility guidelines and the main objectives of round 5a which includes improve coverage in areas prone to natural disasters and along major regional and remote transport corridors, as well as trialling new technology in areas where low population has discouraged previous round applications.
Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey said the program had already funded 49 mobile base stations in Grey for regional communities and this paper was an opportunity for residents across Grey to have a say on how the program could best deliver mobile coverage into the future.
He said $46 million on the table for round 5a and a further $80 million committed for round six.
"In order to deliver this, it is vital we receive feedback on proposed changes from a broad regional audience," he said.
"My office is regularly contacted by regional communities who are concerned about the lack of mobile phone reception in the case of fire or accident.
"I encourage local governments and community organisations participate in this discussion paper in order for these communities to have the best possible chance of accessing this funding."
For more information visit www.communications.gov.au/have-your-say/consultation-design-options-round-5a-mobile-black-spot-program, applications are open until June 19.