Member for Warren-Blackwood, Terry Redman said if the Nationals WA were returned to Government, regional Western Australians would have faster and more reliable mobile phone and internet access.
“I have listened to issues raised across the electorate regarding access to internet services, the unreliability of satellite connections and the need for adequate broadband coverage in the region,” Mr Redman said.
“Mobile reception and internet access is vital for business, emergency services, tourism and education in regional WA.”
“Our $69 million commitment will deliver greater social and economic benefits to people living, working and travelling in regional areas.”
The Nationals investment into regional telecommunications will include:
- $42 million to roll out broadband solutions in regional WA
- $20 million to continue the Regional Telecommunications Project
- $5 million to develop a Local Government Wi-Fi Fund
- $1.5 million to combat the rise of illegal repeaters by offering a subsidy for equipment
- $500,000 to advise on new and existing fibre opportunities
“The Nationals have a strong record having invested more than $105 million in regional telecommunications since 2012 through our flagship Royalties for Regions program,” Mr Redman said.
“We are proud to have driven the construction of 344 new or upgraded mobile phone towers and small cell satellite installations across regional WA.”
“While responsibility for telecommunications largely rests with the Federal Government, the Nationals proactive investment has led these developments because we understand the importance of appropriate telecommunications.”
Mr Redman said he was proud to be part of The Nationals team taking up the fight to get a better deal for regional WA.
“I understand the unique challenges, opportunities and priorities faced by the people of Warren-Blackwood because I live and work here,” Mr Redman said.
“The Nationals are the only party solely dedicated to regional WA and we can be trusted to ensure this important investment into telecommunications continues into the future.”
For more information visit www.nationalswa.com/policies