Fed up with mo­bile black spots

Res­i­dents vent frus­tra­tion as coun­cil ap­plies for fund­ing:

Isis Town and Country - - FRONT PAGE - By JIM ALOUAT

PEOPLE liv­ing in Childers are fed up with poor mo­bile phone re­cep­tion in parts of the Isis re­gion.

This comes as last month may­ors from across the re­gion met with Deputy Prime Min­is­ter War­ren Truss to dis­cuss the ur­gent need to up­grade telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions in parts of the Wide Bay.

Bund­aberg Re­gional Coun­cil is hope­ful to re­ceive part of the Com­mon­wealth’s $100 mil­lion fund­ing to ad­dress at least 10 blackspots, in­clud­ing a 15km ra­dius around Good­wood to­wards Childers, Bund­aberg and Woodgate.

Childers First Na­tional Real Es­tate prin­ci­pal Philip Dowling said there were many times when trav­el­ling along the Bruce Hwy where there was no re­cep­tion.

“My phone rings a fair bit, but I con­stantly have to ring people back when I get back to ar­eas that are cov­ered,” he said.

“If the phone cov­er­age was bet­ter in ar­eas such as Biggen­den, Mun­dub­bera, Gayn­dah it would ben­e­fit ev­ery­one.”

Bund­aberg Mayor Mal For­man said there were many ar­eas in the re­gion, in­clud­ing Childers, that lacked ad­e­quate mo­bile phone cov­er­age.

“As the re­gion grows, we need bet­ter and im­proved mo­bile cov­er­age to cater to the de­mand,” he said.

“We’ll be sub­mit­ting our ap­pli­ca­tion to the Federal Govern­ment shortly in the hope that we’ll re­ceive some fund­ing from the $100 mil­lion blackspot fund­ing pro­gram.”

Cr For­man said while mo­bile phone cov­er­age was im­por­tant in times of dis­as­ter, it also played a cru­cial role dur­ing our day-to-day lives.

“Mo­bile cov­er­age dic­tates what we do from op­er­at­ing a busi­ness on the go to mak­ing sure we can con­tact our loved ones,” he said.

“If the net­work isn’t per­form­ing it ul­ti­mately has a flow on ef­fect on our lo­cal econ­omy.”

PHOTO: MAX FLEET

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