Mobile phone black spots continue to plague South Australia as many regional and rural areas continue to have little or no coverage.
In the latest round of the Commonwealth black spot program has $80 million allocated to deliver better services across the nation, with $10 million allocated to South Australia.
The State Government will add $3 million to the coffers in a bid to help take care of some of the 500 mobile black spots which are registered in regional South Australia.
SA Regional Development Minister Tim Whetstone said the government was addressing the large backlog of black spots.
"Telecommunications provides vital infrastructure to enable businesses in regional communities to reach their customers, and the clear messages coming out of the federal program about targeting the fund to deliver economic outcomes should benefit South Australia," Mr Whetstone said.
He said the program would be delivered through an expressions of interest (EOI) process which would allow rural communities to help put their case forward and could ultimately result in a positive outcome.
"This way we can have a better understanding of the communities' coverage needs as well improving each application's chances of success," he said.
Expression of Interest requirements:
- Demonstration of how the site will support regional economic growth
- A minimum community contribution of $50,000
- Outline who will contribute funding and how much
- An outline of what the coverage objective is, including the location
To meet the Federal program's timelines, the EOI process is open from now until June 7, 2019.
For more information about the process email PIRSA.RegionsSA@sa.gov.au