Mobile coverage boost for Qld welcomed by caravanners
Caravanners and campers visiting Queensland, and those living there, will benefit from improved mobile phone coverage with 76 new mobile phone base stations to be installed or upgraded over the next two years.
The Four Ways Roadhouse, also known as the Burke and Wills Roadhouse, in Cloncurry shire is one area which will benefit from improved coverage. Other townships such as Injinoo, Ayton and Cape Tribulation, and remote shires like Cloncurry, Kholo and Wongawallan will receive improved coverage.
The news was welcome by Australian Caravan Club (ACC) national chairman Craig Humphrey, who said the announcement was "a move in the right direction".
"I look forward to the day when RVers can travel without the worry that in an emergency, they may not have mobile phone coverage," Mr Humphrey said.
"RVers can encounter all sorts of problems including health issues and vehicle breakdowns while
on their travels. Many RVers conduct business while on the road and, of course, many need to keep in touch with families at home."
The multi-million-dollar project will be jointly funded by the state and federal governments through the national Mobile Black Spot Program.
Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch said providing mobile coverage at key points along remote roads was critical for locals and tourists.
"Mobile coverage can be a life or death matter for people dealing with natural disasters but it is also important for everyday life, business, tourism, education and social connection," she said.