Mobile black spots targeted

Mobile black spots targeted in Queensland


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BIRRR spokeswoman Kristy Sparrow with Senator Bridget McKenzie.

BIRRR spokeswoman Kristy Sparrow with Senator Bridget McKenzie.

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Mobile black spots have been targeted in Queensland with 26 new mobile stations to be rolled out.

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REMOTE Queenslanders will benefit from improved mobile coverage with 26 new base stations to be established across the state.

The new stations are being established in regional and remote communities under round four of the national mobile black spot program.

The new sites include base stations at Bungadoo, Bonogin, Eugarie, Rossville and Mistake Creek.

Minister for Regional Services Senator Bridget McKenzie said the improved communications would be a boon for local communities.

"Reliable and effective mobile communications are a key driver of increasing the economic growth and prosperity in our regions," Ms McKenzie said.

"Greater availability of mobile services is a big deal. It means more reliable and consistent emergency warnings in time of natural disasters, keeping in contact with family and friends, unlocking access to online health and education services as well as increased tourism and business opportunities.

"The benefits of improved mobile connectivity is a real boon for local communities and is part of our plan to improve connectivity throughout regional Australia."

Better Internet for Rural Regional and Remote Australia spokewoman Kristy Sparrow, who had been pushing for the inclusion of Mistake Creek 70km west of Clermont in the program, said the roll out was a small step in the right direction.

"It is a satellite small cell announcement so while immensely grateful for small cell, we would have like to see some coverage for local graziers and the school bus run," Ms Sparrow said.

"A small cell only gives coverage for about a kilometre, where as the whole road is a great big black spot.

"It is a small step in the right direction, mobile coverage to the school is a safety improvement for staff at the school.

"I would have liked to see some more transparency as to what technology is being delivered, but that is up to the telcos.

"We are very grateful that the Minister got on a plane to come out and see these places first hand."

Under round four of the program, $11.3 million will be invested in mobile infrastructure in Queensland, with $3.8 million from the federal government and $2.5 million from the state.

Telecommunication companies will make up the short fall.

The first base stations will be operational in the second half of the year, while base stations under the first three rounds are scheduled to be operational by mid-year.

The 26 sites are Archer River Rh, Bloomfield River State School, Blue Lake Day Use Area, Bonogin, Builyan State School, Bungadoo, Castle Rock Campground, Cedar Creek, Central Stations Camp Ground, Charlie Moreland Camp, Eliot Falls, Eugarie, Glenmorgan, Jimbour, Mapleton, Mistake Creek, Monogorilby State School, Moorina, Mount Glorious, Mount Whitestone, Musgrave River Rh, Narangba West, Northern Peninsula Airport (Bamaga), Rossville, South Ripley, Yarrabah South.

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