People living in mobile phone “black spot” areas have one week left to report their problem locations. (SUBS: THE CLOSING DATE FOR SUMBISSIONS IS Thursday, JULY 31)
Queensland Senator Ian Macdonald said information should be emailed to [email protected] before the end of July.
Senator Macdonald joined Parliamentary Secretary for Communications Paul Fletcher at a meeting of local authority representatives from North-West Queensland and Gulf Savannah Development Inc. in Mareeba earlier this month.
Delegates confirmed that mobile phone coverage in regional and remote parts of the State was far from satisfactory and needed urgent redress.
The Mareeba meeting was one of dozens of community meetings aimed at identifying problem areas and deciding where $100 million in Federal Government funding would be spent building new towers and fixing black spots.
“We promised to fix the mobile phone black spot problems in the lead-up to the 2013 election and we are now honouring that promise,” said Senator Macdonald.
“Despite holding office for almost seven years, the Labor Party did not invest one cent in rectifying this serious problem.
“This lack of action was typical of the Labor Party which continually ignores the needs of people living outside the metropolitan areas.”
Senator Macdonald said the Government intended to build or upgrade up to 300 base stations around the nation.
“I have received positive feedback from local authorities and from private enterprise who are willing to support the program with cash or in-kind assistance,” he said.