Remote Fairfax communities to get new mobile phone towers

Two remote areas of the Fairfax electorate will get new mobile phone towers to fix annoying black spot issues, Nambour-based senator James McGrath announced.

New towers will be built at Belli Park and Dulong, as part of the Australian Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program.

“Mobile phone communications is so important these days, not just for social reasons, but also for the needs of business and emergency services, so the improved coverage in these areas will be greatly welcomed,” Senator McGrath said.

“The region continues to grow, so it’s nice to know that mobile phone services around Belli Park, Kenilworth and Dulong will get better.”

The issue of mobile phone black spots was also raised by Senator McGrath during senate estimates hearings late last month. He had at the time acknowledged personal frustration that his own home was also located in a black spot area.

“I know the frustration and inconvenience caused by poor phone signals, but my inconvenience is nothing compared to the hardships suffered by many other Queenslanders,” he said during the estimates hearings.

“It’s important that we continue to keep pushing forward to have these coverage shortcomings addressed all across Queensland, and that’s what I’m doing.

“The Mobile Blackspot Program is a great initiative and shows we are delivering on an election promise.”

The two Fairfax blackspot locations are among 68 mobile phone base stations that will be built or upgraded across Queensland, with work expected to start later this year. The rollout is expected to take around three years.

The total cost of the Queensland program is around $53.85 million.

 

To view video about the Mobile Black Spot Program from the Environment and Communications Legislation Committee in May 2015 click here.