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Whitsunday Regional Council has been successful in the submission to the Commonwealth’s Mobile Black Spot Programme (MBSP).
Council submitted a list of known blackspot areas across the region, which was then shortlisted by the MBSP to the Bowen Development Road and Woodwark.
Across Australia there will be 429 new 3G/4G towers constructed with a total investment of more than $340 million in regional Australia, with Telstra contributing $165 million.
Mayor Jenny Whitney said the announcement that Council was successful with its bid will see improved mobile connectivity between Collinsville and Bowen.
“Council will continue to advocate in further rounds of the Black Spot Programme for Woodwark and other known blackspot areas,” Mayor Whitney said.
“The new infrastructure will be built on the Bowen Developmental Road, between Bowen and Collinsville, providing much improved connectivity for high speed mobile coverage.
“Poor mobile coverage is not only a serious safety issue it also has a significant impact on the local economy.”
Queensland will receive significant improvements in mobile coverage with 68 mobile towers to be funded via the programme.
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