LIVINGSTONE Shire rural residents in the Mt Chalmers and Marlborough areas will soon have access to better broadband services after Council secured federal funding for two new mobile towers.
Mayor Bill Ludwig said the announcement is part of the Federal Government's plan to build 68 new mobile towers across Queensland as part of the $53.85 million Mobile Black Spot Program.
"This is a great outcome for Livingstone residents and Council would like to acknowledge the excellent support of our Federal Member Michelle Landry in helping secure this vital funding," Cr Ludwig said.
"Broadband and mobile coverage has been an ongoing issue for many areas across the region and this is a major step towards addressing the problem.
"Council conducted a community wide survey last year calling on residents to start logging broadband and mobile problem areas. To drive sustainable development, economic growth and job creation we need to bring the entire region up to speed with internet access and telecommunications.
"Council will continue to work with residents to map problem areas and push for further commitment from the Federal Government when the second round of funding opens," Mayor Ludwig said.
Deputy Mayor Graham Scott also said the towers were a good start and indicated Council would be committing additional funding when the 2015/16 Budget is handed down next month to assist more projects to proceed.
"The Federal Government has announced a further $60 million will be made available through Stage 2 of the Mobile Black Spot Program from 1 July 2016," Cr Scott said..
"The roll out and fast-tracking of high-speed internet service upgrades across the Shire, are vital to both business and the broader community.
"From an investment and economic development perspective, reliable service provision can be a real game changer for both Livingstone and the region in attracting new business and industry to drive economic growth," Cr Scott said.
Businesses and residents who are experiencing issues with poor internet speed or mobile phone service are encouraged to report these via the online survey on Council's website www.livingstone.qld.gov.au or by contacting Livingstone's Customer Service Centre on