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'Unfair' Mobile Black Spot Funding Grab


The State Government is being criticised for asking communities to front tens of thousands of dollars to increase their odds of getting new mobile phone infrastructure.

Damien Cooke, CEO of Regional Development Australia (Adelaide Hills, Fleurieu and KI) is calling for a rethink of the new approach to the latest round of mobile black spot funding.

In May, the State Government called for expressions of interest from communities willing to contribute at least $50,000 to new infrastructure funded by the State and Federal Government under the Mobile Black Spot Program.

Regional Development Minister Tim Whetstone said the contribution would not be mandatory but would incentivise the Government to prioritise the region over others.

Mr Cooke said it is not fair for small councils who may now be overlooked in favour of wealthier ones.

The Member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie agrees the co-contribution will put some communities at a disadvantage. 

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