May 14, 2019
A new mobile phone tower is now active at Cinnabar, improving safety for motorists on the Wide Bay Highway and providing better coverage for local residents and businesses.
Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien said funding for the Optus tower came from Round 2 of the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program.
“As a former police officer, I know that mobile phone coverage can save lives in times of emergency,” Mr O’Brien said.
“This new tower at Cinnabar means locals and people travelling on the Wide Bay Highway will be safer as a result.”
Mr O’Brien said since 2016, the Mobile Black Spot Program had extended coverage to 13 new sites in Wide Bay, including Glastonbury, Widgee, Woolooga, Tansey and Windera.
A further four sites are contracted to be active by June 30.
Guidelines have been released for Round 5 of the successful program.
Mr O’Brien urged people to let their mobile phone providers know of any coverage concerns so that they would consider applying for the funding.
Mobile network operators and infrastructure providers have until July 26 to submit their applications.