Fix for school’s re­cep­tion woes

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

MO­BILE phone users at Bin­jour Plateau State School need to stand on the back land­ing or out the front of the school and hope for a bit of luck to re­ceive some cov­er­age.

So they have wel­comed the re­cent news the Fed­eral Govern­ment Mo­bile Black Spot Pro­gram is tar­get­ing their area and should im­prove their con­nec­tiv­ity by the end of the year.

Prin­ci­pal of the 12-stu­dent school Karen Hussey said the school re­lied mostly on its land­line and its in­ter­net con­nec­tion was quite good.

She said in this time of on­line learn­ing it was dif­fi­cult to connect with peo­ple via mo­bile phone and the like­li­hood of re­ceiv­ing pho­tos via a mo­bile phone was limited.

Fed­eral Mem­ber for Flynn Ken O’Dowd said the elec­torate would re­ceive five new base sta­tions un­der round five of fund­ing, pro­vid­ing im­prov­ing im­proved mo­bile cov­er­age in the com­mu­nity.

“Im­proved mo­bile cov­er­age will help fam­ily and friends connect, ac­cess qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion and health ser­vices, and do busi­ness glob­ally,” he said.

The Mo­bile Black Spot Pro­gram has been sup­ported by Tel­stra, Op­tus and Voda­fone.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit com­mu­ni­ca­tions.gov.au/mbsp.

Pic­ture: Karen Hussey

BET­TER COV­ER­AGE: Bin­jour Plateau Prep stu­dents Lilly and Abby.

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