No more hang ups at Mt Chalmers

The Morning Bulletin - - NEWS ON THE RECORD - Sean Fox Sean.Fox@cap­news.com.au

A NO­TO­RI­OUS Mount Chalmers mo­bile phone black spot is no more fol­low­ing a mile­stone move by Tel­stra.

Res­i­dents of the town­ship have ben­e­fited in the first round of the telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion gi­ant’s na­tional Mo­bile Black Spot Pro­gram with a base sta­tion es­tab­lished at Mount Chalmers.

Fed­eral MP for Capri­cor­nia Michelle Landry said the com­ple­tion of the new tower was great news for the town­ship as well as the oc­cu­pants of the thou­sand-plus ve­hi­cles that travel through the area each day.

“This base sta­tion will ad­dress a known black spot that Liv­ing­stone Shire Coun­cil es­ti­mates af­fects ap­prox­i­mately 114 oc­cu­pied prop­er­ties in the area, com­pris­ing of farm­ing, graz­ing and res­i­den­tial homes,” Ms Landry said yes­ter­day.

Ms Landry said the new tower was a team ef­fort in­volv­ing the Liv­ing­stone Shire Coun­cil, the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment who had par­tially funded the project and Tel­stra.

She said the new tower would not be the last for Capri­cor­nia with the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment set to roll out ad­di­tional tow­ers in the re­gion as part of round two of the

$490 mil­lion pro­gram.

“I’ve had dis­cus­sions with Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Min­is­ter Mitch Fi­field in re­gards to com­mu­ni­ca­tions is­sues in Capri­cor­nia and have been lob­by­ing for more tow­ers in Round Two, through­out Capri­cor­nia,” Ms Landry said.

“Many con­stituents nom­i­nated their ar­eas as need­ing fur­ther cov­er­age and I’m in dis­cus­sions with the min­is­ter to get the best out­come for Capri­cor­nia.”

PHOTO: CHRIS ISON ROK141117CTOWER3

GOOD CALL: Liv­ing­stone Shire Mayor Bill Lud­wig, Tel­stra North Queens­land area man­ager Rachel Cliffe and Mem­ber for Capri­cor­nia Michelle Landry check out the cov­er­age at the new mo­bile phone tower at Mt Charm­ers.

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