Farrer MP Sussan Ley today welcomed the addition of four new local phone towers through a fourth round of the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spots Program (MBSP).

Joining Minister for Regional Services, Senator Bridget McKenzie, for the national announcement at Burrumbuttock just north of Albury, Ms Ley said new towers will be located at Clare School, Mungo, Talmalmo and Kamarah near Narrandera.

“Most of these sites are in the more remote parts of my electorate, and have been delivered because we targeted funding where there was little or no commercial return for the big telecommunication providers.”

“This meant educational facilities, places where emergency service contact is patchy at best, health facilities and small tourist attractions could all be considered for funding.”

“18 new towers have now been allocated to Farrer over the four rounds of the MBSP. Of course there are many more locations just as worthy, and I’ll continue to work to find solutions for as many of these remaining blackspots as possible.”

Senator Bridget McKenzie said greater availability of mobile services is a big deal.

“It means staying safe in remote areas, keeping in contact with family and friends, unlocking access to online health and education services as well as increased tourism and business opportunities.”

“The announcement of successful Round 4 locations in NSW today builds the total to 1047 base stations being funded under the Mobile Black Spot Program. This reaffirms our commitment to delivering 21st century connectivity to our regions.”

For further information about Round 4 visit www.communications.gov.au/mbsp