Boost for mobile blackspot

Published 9:00am 12 April 2022

Boost for mobile blackspot
Words by Jodie Powell

Improving Cedar Creek’s patchy mobile phone coverage has moved a step closer, with Moreton Bay Regional Council seeking State Government permission to lease land for a phone tower to Telstra.

The Federal Communications Commission identified the area as a ‘Mobile Black Spot’, granting Telstra funding to build a mobile tower under the Mobile Black Spot Program in April 2019.

But the telecommunications company has been unable to secure a suitable spot for the 30m tower on private land and has asked Council to lease a site at Andy Williams Park.

However an independent valuation for the site assessed the market rental price as being $15,000-$20,000 a year – far more than the $5000 Telstra proposed.

A report from officers at the March 30 Council meeting says that to lease the land at the lower price requires State Minister for State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning Steven Miles to grant an exemption to regulations.

“Given Council’s commitment to encouraging the installation of telecommunications infrastructure to achieve satisfactory telecommunications coverage for all locations within the community, it is now proposed that Council makes an application to the Minister for an exemption from Council compliance with s.227(1) of the Regulation,” the report says.

Vital connectivity

Councillor Mick Gillam (Div 8) supported the recommendation to seek an exemption, saying it was important to connect locals with mobile services.

“Telstra’s approached residents to place the tower on private land and they have been knocked back,” Cr Gillam said.

“This is really their last chance to get a tower in that area.

“I think it is behoven to Council to try to get them a cheaper lease on the land.”

Read more local news here.

Share

Related Stories

Popular Stories

Deception Bay student’s trip of a lifetime
News / Local

Deception Bay student’s trip of a lifetime

From a visit to the world’s largest sand island to watching major sports matches, Deception Bay State High School student Sophia Sidney has taken the trip of a lifetime with University of the Sunshine Coast. See the videos..

Brenden's pride at top Paris honour
News / Local

Brenden's pride at top Paris honour

Brenden Hall - who grew-up and trained in Moreton Bay - is “over the bloody moon” at being named one of Australia’s two flag bearers at the Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony.

Leena to add some jazz and pizazz to festival
News / Local

Leena to add some jazz and pizazz to festival

Seasoned vocalist Leena Salim will perform some of her favourite jazz and Motown hits when she takes to the stage with her jazz duo at this year’s Moreton Bay Food + Wine Festival. Find out what's on her setlist here