Wide Bay Highway receives new mobile phone tower
A NEW mobile phone base station is enhancing coverage near Kilkivan, improving safety for motorists on the Wide Bay Highway and helping residents stay connected.
Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien said the new base station would boost 3G and 4G connections over 35 square kilometres, and was jointly funded by the Federal Government and Telstra under the Priority Locations Round of the Mobile Black Spot Program.
“As a former road crash investigator, I know that mobile phone coverage can save lives in times of emergency, and this improved coverage at Kilkivan means locals and people travelling on the Wide Bay Highway will be safer as a result,” Mr O’Brien said.
“The new tower delivers on my election commitment, and will provide improved mobile phone reception to help local people stay connected to loved ones, and improve opportunities for local businesses.
“The Australian Government has committed $3.4 million under the Mobile Black Spot Program to date in Wide Bay to deliver new and improved mobile coverage through a total of 18 mobile base stations have been funded to improve communication services in the electorate.
“This is the 13th base station to be completed, with others now active and on air at Glastonbury, Kin Kin, Maryborough-Biggenden Road, Widgee, Wooloolga, Maaroom, Pomona-Kin Kin Road, Tansey, Wide Bay Highway at Cinnabar, Windera, Yerra and Poona.”