Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry says her fight to get better mobile phone coverage around parts Capricornia is paying off.
The hard-working MP announced today that residents in six regions in Capricornia would benefit from six new ‘macro cell’ mobile phone towers under round 2 of Turnbull-Joyce Government’s $213 million Mobile Phone Blackspots Program.
This will bring the total number of new mobile towers and upgrades to 10 across remote parts of the region in the past 2 years.
“The latest round two commitments will improve mobile coverage along major transport routes, in small communities and in locations prone to experiencing natural disasters, as well as addressing unique mobile coverage problems such as areas with high seasonal demand,” Ms Landry said.
The six new sites include:
Two new mobile towers in the Bungundarra district near Yeppoon
Stanage Bay Road in the Livingstone Shire
West Hill in the Carmila district
The Gregory Development Road-A in far north western Capricornia
And the Bowen Development Road in the Collinsville district
“Mobile coverage is something city people take for granted. We are working hard to ensure the same services are provided to people in regional Australia,” Ms Landry said.
“The major difference between the Turnbull-Joyce Government and Labor is that we’re spending money fixing blackspots. People shouldn’t forget that the last Labor Government cut mobile black spot funding from country areas.”
Ms Landry said Clarke Creek, Marlborough, Gargett (Pioneer Valley) and people in the Mt Chalmers Road area between Rockhampton and Yeppoon are already enjoying improved mobile services under round one of the Coalition program.
The MP said round three of the Mobile Phone Blackspots Program would be announced in early 2017 and she was lobbying for better services near Clermont, Sarina Range, Emu Park and Yeppoon.
Ms Landry said eliminating mobile back spot locations will unlock opportunities for farmers and businesses, tourism and university and school students - previously impacted by poor mobile service.