Mobile roads black spots and poor coverage areas get boost

FEDERAL Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry once described it as place 'worse than Africa' when it comes to mobile phone black spots and internet coverage.

But today she was jubilant with news that the small Capricornia community of Clarke Creek, north-west of Marlborough, has won a major Federal Government windfall to provide better mobile coverage.

Clarke Creek was one of four key Capricornia sites to be awarded funding for new Telstra base stations to vastly improve mobile coverage under the Federal Government's $100 million mobile black spots programme.

The communities include:

  • Clarke Creek
  • Marlborough
  • Mt Chalmers Road (between Rockhampton and Yeppoon)
  • And Gargett in the Pioneer Valley area of Capricornia, west of Mackay.

Major mobile black spots on the Bruce Highway between Marlborough and Sarina and on the main road between Rockhampton and Yeppoon will also be beefed up.

Federal Communications Minister Malcom Turnbull made the black spot projects announcement today in Parliament House.

In summary, in Capricornia under round one of the Federal Black Spot Programme:

  • Four new base towers will be funded at Clarke Creek, Marlborough, Mt Chalmers Road and Gargett
  • $3.14 million will be spent in a deal involving contributions from the Federal Government, Telstra, local communities and private enterprise
  • 15 of the 71 mobile blackspots nominated in Capricornia will be addressed
  • Coverage will be provided (by handheld of external antenna) to all or part of the following locations in the Livingstone, Issac, Pioneer Valley, Sarina and Mackay districts:
  1. Cawarral Road Finch Hatton Pinevale
  2. Keppel Sands Road Gargett Pinnacle
  3. Marlborough Mia Mia Septimus
  4. Clarke Creek Mirani Svendsen Road

Mobile service will also improve on sections of the Bruce Highway and other main roads including:

  • Between Marlborough and Sarina
  • Mt Chalmers Road (at intersection of Sleipner Rd and Mt Chalmers Rd)
  • Yeppoon Road (between Rockhampton and Yepppon)


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