Granite Belt set for better mobile coverage
MOBILE reception on the Granite Belt will soon receive a much-needed boost.
The Southern Downs Regional Council today welcomed the Federal Government's announcement that three mobile base stations would be funded at The Summit, Goomburra and Yangan.
Mayor Tracy Dobie said the council had prioritised 15 locations across the Southern Downs for funding in its submission to Round 2 of the Mobile Black Spot Program.
"Council was hopeful that funding would be granted for at least one mobile base station out of the 15 locations,” Cr Dobie said.
"76 locations have been awarded to Queensland under Round 2, so to receive news that our region will get three of those mobile base stations is just marvellous.
"It's a great outcome for residents and tourist operators right across our region.”
Construction on the first towers funded under the three-year Commonwealth Mobile Black Spot Program has begun.
The first stations from Round 2 of the program are expected to begin construction next year, and will be completed over two years.
Telstra was the successful provider applicant for the base stations at Goomburra and The Summit, while the Yangan tower was secured by Optus.
Maranoa MP David Littleproud has previously slammed the lack of mobile coverage across his electorate.
"Mobile coverage is more than communication; out here it's about safety and can have a negative impact on local tourism business because travellers feel unsafe exploring some areas of the Maranoa without adequate phone coverage,” Mr Littleproud said.
Today's announcement followed the approval of another base station on Eukey Rd, South of Stanthorpe, under Round 1 of the program last year.
The Eukey Rd tower was switched on in June this year.