I’m happy to say that we took a huge step forward last week in solving mobile phone black spot issues across Lyons.
Lyons was one of the many electorates across Australia to benefit from $100 million Federal Government money from round one of the national Mobile Black Spot Program.
The Federal Government has contributed $5.2 million towards the total cost of $12.6 million to establish 19 mobile phone base stations in Lyons.
The big spend in this electorate represents five per cent of the investment nationally to improve communication mostly in rural and remote areas.
In Lyons, 50 unique locations and 15 sections of roads and highways will get better mobile phone coverage.
The money means that 65 of the 155 mobile phone black spots identified across the electorate will be addressed by either handheld phones or external antenna coverage or both.
It’s great news for places as widely dispersed as Pyengana, Mole Creek and Triabunna and roads and highway sections including parts of the Golden Valley Road, the Lyell Highway, Lake Leake Highway and Tasman Highway.
And the good news is that the Federal Government has already committed to a $60 million round two.