Labor candidate for Parkes Jack Ayoub says Labor will improve mobile phone coverage and fix dangerous black spots as a priority if elected on May 18.
Mr Ayoub said a Shorten Labor Government would invest $245 million as part of a broader commitment to support local productivity, jobs and enhanced quality of life in regional communities.
"Labor will allocate $160 million to deliver improved mobile coverage through two further rounds of the Mobile Black Spot Program, as well as to strengthen infrastructure sharing opportunities," he said.
"We will allocate $60 million to address local, regional connectivity issues, and work with state, territory and local governments to develop Connected Community Plans. This approach will help identify priorities for investment in local connectivity projects."
Mr Ayoub said voters have the chance to get more for the Parkes electorate and Dubbo than ever before if they vote Labor on May 18.
"If there is a Labor government after May 18 do we want a disgruntled opposition member on the back bench or do we want a seat at the table, a powerful voice in the party room, marginal seats get all the lollies," he said.
"If Labor were to win Parkes, it would be one of the greatest upsets in political history which would mean we would have enormous sway in the cabinet which will mean we could get things done for Parkes like never before."
Parkes MP Mark Coulton disputed Mr Ayoub's claims saying he has made it his business "to fight for a strong investment in enhanced mobile connectivity."
"More than $5.9 million has been invested in mobile black spot coverage outcomes for the Parkes electorate under the Coalition Government," he said.
"When last in Government, Labor did not have one policy to address mobile phone black spots in the regions, which speaks for itself."
Mr Coulton said only the Liberal and Nationals understand the challenges faced by a lack of mobile coverage in regional Australia.
"The Mobile Black Spot Program is really delivering," he said.
"So far, the Liberal and Nationals have invested $220 million in Rounds one to four of the Mobile Black Spot Program in 1047 new base stations (including 696 that are currently active), leveraging a total investment of more than $760 million.
"The 2019 Budget includes $160 million for two new rounds of the Mobile Black Spot Program; $60 million for a new Regional Connectivity Program; and a digital tech hub to improve digital literacy."