KAP member for Mount Isa Rob Katter has welcomed the Federal Government’s first round of Mobile Black Spot Programme announced today. As part of the program over 10 of the 500 new or upgraded mobile base stations to be established will be located within the Mount Isa electorate. “This is good news for areas like Gregory and McKinlay which have been without appropriate mobile coverage for far too long.
“Communications in the regions are essential for more than just conversation,” Mr Katter said. “For our remote communities this means better access to online resources, which helps improve business and assist with services like distance education. “Most importantly this means people working on stations or travelling on our highways won’t be caught without reception in an emergency; this is an area that has been seriously overlooked in the past,” Mr Katter said. The funding announced today (June 25) which is a total of $385 million will be spent on installations in areas such as the Landsborough Highway between Cloncurry and Winton, the Barkly Highway from Camooweal to Mount Isa through to Cloncurry, Forsayth, Gregory, McKinlay, Torrens Creek, Urandangi, and the Gulf Development Road between Georgetown and Croydon.
The programme is part of a co-operation between other levels of government and the commonwealth received $10 million in funding commitments from the Queensland government and around $1.7 million from local governments, businesses and community organisations. The first base stations are set to be upgraded before the end of 2015 and finish over the next three years.