Boost for mo­bile sig­nals

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MOUNT Car­bine is among one of the re­gions in the Far North that is set to fi­nally get mo­bile phone cov­er­age.

Fed­eral Le­ich­hardt MP War­ren Entsch said four new mo­bile phone tow­ers were set to be com­pleted by the end of the year.

He said he had se­cured fund­ing to elim­i­nate “dead spots” at Dain­tree/Cape Tribu­la­tion, Weipa, Wonga Beach and Mount Car­bine.

Tel­stra and Op­tus should start tower con­struc­tion within months.

“More mo­bile cov­er­age will be fan­tas­tic for tourism given that vis­i­tors ex­pect to be able to share their ex­pe­ri­ences on so­cial me­dia and on­line as they travel,” said Mr Entsch.

“Mount Car­bine will have cov­er­age for the first time.

“The new cov­er­age ar­eas will open doors for busi­nesses and the community, en­abling them to ac­cess the same mo­bile ser­vices as in ma­jor cities.”

Mr Entsch said he would now start lob­by­ing for even more tow­ers.

“There needs to be a fo­cus on com­mu­ni­ties such as Rossville, Lions Den, Ship­tons Flat and fur­ther cov­er­age en­hance­ment along the Penin­sula De­vel­op­ment Road,” he said.

“I will be seek­ing in­put from peo­ple to iden­tify other ar­eas that need cov­er­age.”

Fed­eral Re­gional Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Min­is­ter Brid­get McKenzie said con­struc­tion of the new mo­bile phone tow­ers would start soon.

No phone sig­nal should be a thing of the past at Mt Car­bine.

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