Wide Bay High­way re­ceives new mo­bile phone tower

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

TRIS­TAN EVERT

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.”

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