ADVOCATES for better mobile phone coverage in Greenbank, New Beith, Flagstone and Undullah have welcomed a commitment from Federal Member for Wright Scott Buchholz for two new mobile base stations locally.
Mr Buchholz on Friday, June 24 announced plans for the new base stations as part of an additional $60 million commitment to extend the Commonwealth’s Mobile Black Spot Program.
Logan Country Safe City Group vice-chairman Ray McCabbin said the commitment brought peace of mind.
“This will not only benefit local citizens but it will also improve communication capabilities for our local emergency services,” he said.
“Reliable telecommunications can be a matter of life and death, so this is extremely important for our emergency services personnel who are crucial to the well-being and safety of people in our community – this commitment gives us a great sense of satisfaction.”
Mr Buchholz said the stations would bring great relief for the people of Greenbank, New Beith, Flagstone and Undullah.
“We have selected the Greenbank , New Beith, Flagstone and Undullah areas because they have been overlooked by mobile network operators due to commercial factors. A re-elected Turnbull government will invite mobile network operators to bid for this new funding to provide coverage in the identified locations,” he said.
“The Coalition is committed to improving mobile coverage along major transport routes, in small communities and in locations prone to experiencing natural disasters, as well as addressing unique mobile coverage problems such as areas with high seasonal demand.”
Locally based QLD Senator Joanna Lindgren, who also lives in Flagstone, welcomed the announcement.
“This is a testament to Scott and his team, who keep delivering for the electorate and just demonstrates his strong connection to the needs of the community,” she said.