Digital Infrastructure

The Commission has consulted with Wheatbelt Local Governments to collate telecommunications information including the location of mobile phone black spots and this has informed the WA Regional Mobile Communications Project and Regional Telecommunications Project.

The Regional Mobile Communications Project focused on delivering improved highway and townsite coverage for regional, remote and rural areas of Western Australia.

The $45 million Regional Telecommunications Project is the second phase of the Regional Mobile Communications Project and is focused on the delivery of improved coverage to regional communities.

Federal Mobile Black Spot Program (MBSP): Round 1 (Funded)

The Mobile Black Spot Program is a Federal initiative which leveraged Federal, State and Carrier funding to reduce the number of mobile blackspots across Australia. The Federal Government provided $100m in funding during Round 1, with Telstra providing supplementary funding of $165m and Vodafone providing $20m. $32m was provided by the WA State Government.

As announced in June 2015, the following Wheatbelt sites were identified to be funded for construction:

Local Government Area

MBSP Round 1 Funded Sites: Site Names

Chittering (4 Sites)

Bindoon West, Chittering, Upper Chittering, Wannamal South East

Corrigin (1 Site)

Doyles Road (Kulin West)

Cuballing (2 Sites)

Cuballing, Popanyinning

Cunderdin

Ucarty

Dalwallinu

Pithara

Dandaragan (2 Sites)

Grey, Mimegarra

Dumbleyung

Tarin Rock

Gingin

Seabird

Goomalling (2 Sites)

Mumberkine, Wongamine

Kulin

Pingaring Pederah Road, between Pingaring and Pederah

Lake Grace

Varley

Moora

Coomberdale

Mount Marshall

Beacon

Narembeen

Burracoppin Road, Cramphorne

Northam

Grass Valley

Nungarin (2 Sites)

Elabbin, Nungarin

Toodyay (2 Sites)

Julimar, Morangup

Trayning

Kununoppin

Victoria Plains

Mogumber

Westonia

Warralakin

Wickepin

Yealering

Yilgarn (2 Sites)

Bodallin & Moorine Rock Area (Near GEH), Carabbin & Bodallin Area (Near GEH)

York

Gilgering

For further information, view the media release or the full list of Australian sites

Federal Mobile Black Spot Program (MBSP): Round 2 (Public Submissions)

Following the announcement of funded sites under the MBSP Round 1, an announcement of a further $60m of Federal funding was committed to a Round 2 of the MBSP program. The public submission process for registering black spot sites was reopened and submissions closed 15th January 2016. Following this process, a number of additional sites were added to the database which will be considered by Federal Government with mobile network operators by the 14 June 2016. Please see the links below for more information.

The Wheatbelt Development Commission’s Role

The Wheatbelt Development Commission will continue to be involved in the identification of gaps in telecommunications infrastructure in the Wheatbelt and preliminary prioritisation of sites.

The provision of additional sites, technical information and identification of telecommunications issues is of the upmost importance to the Commission. Ensuring that business, communities and industry have access to mobile telecommunications is crucial for economic growth and community wellbeing.

The Commission has also partnered with Regional Development Australia Wheatbelt to develop the Wheatbelt Digital Action Plan, to guide future technology and communications projects and direct investment for the Wheatbelt.

For further information please contact Ben Robins, Research Officer, on 9041 1445, 0417 147 424 or email ben.robins@wheatbelt.wa.gov.au.

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