No more hang ups at Mt Chalmers
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.”
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.