People living and travelling through Moorina will now have better phone service to make calls, browse the internet and stay connected with family and friends.
The new mobile base station has been turned on and will significantly improve phone service in the Moorina area, particularly for properties to the south and west of the Melba St site.
Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts the Hon Paul Fletcher MP said the switch on of the new mobile base station in Moorina under the Mobile Black Spot Program reflects the Morrison-McCormack Government’s commitment to further improving connectivity in the regions.
“This significant investment as part of the Mobile Black Spot Program means that people living, working and travelling in Longman will now have better mobile coverage. This is especially important following this summer’s devastating bushfires,” Minister Fletcher said.
“While no telecommunications network is 100 per cent impervious to damage from natural disasters, Australians naturally want to be confident our communications networks are as resilient as possible. The Mobile Black Spot Program is an important part of this as it provides an alternative communications option if another network goes down during an emergency situation.
“The first five rounds of the Mobile Black Spot Program are funding more than 1,200 mobile base stations around Australia, with more than 880 of these already on air and providing much needed mobile connectivity to rural and regional areas.”
Minister for Regional Communications, Regional Health and Local Government, the Hon Mark Coulton MP, said the Coalition Government is committed to improving connectivity for people living in regional and rural areas.
“The improved service is thanks to the Liberal and Nationals Government’s $380 million Mobile Black Spot Program, which is eradicating phone black spots across Longman,” Minister Coulton said.
“This Government knows how frustrating it is to be talking on the phone or browsing the internet and then lose service, so we’re getting on with the job of building more phone towers to deliver better service.
“Not only will these towers make it easier for people to stay connected to family and friends, it will also make it easier to do business and access education.”
Minister Coulton said more than 40,000 Triple 0 calls have so far been made possible through the Mobile Black Spot Program.
Member for Longman Terry Young said he was pleased that local residents and businesses would now have better service in more locations.
“People have raised the issue of poor service in Moorina and I’m pleased to be part of a Government that is listening and delivering,” Mr Young said.
“This new macro cell base station is co-located on the NBN tower.
“It is expected to provide new and improved 3G and 4G mobile coverage in Moorina and includes new mobile coverage to 17 properties in the surrounding area.
“It is also expected to provide improved mobile coverage to local roads in the area, including the Moorina, Mountain View and F. Lindsay Roads.”
Mr Young said the site would complement coverage from a Telstra base station at Narangba West which is expected to come on air later this year.
The new base station was completed by Telstra and jointly funded by the Federal Government, Telstra and the Queensland Government under Round 4 of the Mobile Black Spot Program.
It is the latest of 243 sites across Queensland to receive new or improved mobile coverage under the program.
“Our continued investment in mobile phone base stations is further proof of the Coalition’s commitment to connecting Australians, wherever they are, particularly in regional towns like Moorina,” Mr Young said.
More information about the program is available at www.communications.gov.au/mbsp.