Better mobile coverage improves safety at Cootharaba

A new Optus tower at Cootharaba will boost connectivity for 642 homes and businesses, supporting increased demand during peak tourism season and improving essential communications when natural disasters strike.

Federal Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Llew O’Brien said the new tower, on Cootharaba Road near Davis Road, would extend 4G coverage over 97 sq kms and was jointly funded by the Federal Government and Optus under Round 2 of the Mobile Black Spot Program.

“More than 640 premises will have access to more reliable coverage, including local businesses, improving their connection for telephone calls and data use such as social media or shopping online,” Mr O’Brien said.

“Crucially, it will also improve safety by delivering a much-needed upgrade to local connectivity during a natural disaster or power outage, and with many travellers visiting this region for holidays, it will improve the quality of coverage available if they need to call back home.”

More than 1,270 new mobile base stations have been funded under the Morrison Government’s $380 million Mobile Black Spot Program since 2013, with more than 975 of these base stations now on air, including 203 in Queensland.

A total of 18 mobile base stations have been funded to date in Wide Bay, with $3.4 million invested by the Liberals and Nationals Government locally to deliver new and improved mobile coverage at Glastonbury, Kin Kin, Maryborough-Biggenden Road, Widgee, Woolooga, Maaroom, Pomona-Kin Kin Road, Tansey, Wide Bay Highway at Cinnabar, Windera, Yerra, Poona, Oakview, Boreen Point, Central Stations Camp Ground and Eugarie at Fraser Island, Wrattens Forest and Cootharaba Road.

Mr O’Brien said the Morrison Government is continuing to work with industry and state and local governments to improve connectivity across Australia, particularly in disaster-prone areas.

For more information about the Mobile Black Spot Program process, visit: www.communications.gov.au/MBSP