Local mobile phone coverage boosted
Federal MP for Longman Wyatt Roy has announced that a new mobile base station will be switched on by June 30 this year, improving mobile phone coverage for tens of thousands of residents from Mount Mee to Bribie Island.
Mr Roy said his strong local campaigning had paid off – with the station brought forward to become one of first rolled out under the federal Coalition government’s three-year, $385 million Mobile Blackspot Program.
The new antenna equipment will be mounted on the existing Broadcast Australia tower at Mount Mee Road, Mount Mee.
Mr Roy said better handheld or external antenna mobile phone coverage would result for locals in more than 20 black spot locations nominated by the wider community.
“After nothing was done by Labor to improve local mobile phone coverage, the fact that we’ve been included in the first six months of this government’s mobile blackspot rollout is a huge win for our region,” Mr Roy said.
“It’s also a testament to the great community consultations we’ve had. They included inviting Paul Fletcher – the former parliamentary secretary to the Communications Minister – to speak to concerned locals as part of my mobile black spot campaign.
“By working together, our community has delivered upgraded mobile phone coverage through our vast local region. I am determined to continue the fight wherever poor local mobile coverage remains an issue.”
Mr Roy said that while the base station would be installed at Mount Mee – enhancing the area’s notoriously poor mobile phone reception – it would also boost mobile coverage at:
- Bribie Island
- Campbells Pocket
- Commissioners Flat
- Delaneys Creek
- Mount Delaney
- Sandstone Point
- Upper Caboolture
News of the mobile base station follows Mr Roy’s announcement of an accelerated local rollout of the National Broadband Network.
Superfast broadband internet is about to be activated for more than 40,000 homes and businesses from the Caboolture region to Bribie Island.
“Many local addresses will have access to the NBN ahead of schedule and much sooner than would have been the case under Labor’s broken rollout – which would not have been completed until at least 2024,” Mr Roy said.
“The NBN’s current plan indicates our region will be fully NBN-ready years earlier.”