THE refusal of Beechers' telecommunication tower, due to council's decision it was in an “inappropriate location”, raises the question; did we really need the tower in the first place?
A quick round-up of Gladstone's mobile phone users seems to confirm what most people already suspect: like so many other things in life, it depends.
The telecommunications tower has been canned, the impact of radiation up for speculation.
But do the people of Gladstone require better coverage?
The opinion of many seems to be that there is a lot of room for improvement with signal coverage particularly in the further reaches of the region.
“You know, it's not so good around Boyne Island, I mean the more coverage we get the better,” Anthony Baldwin said.
Kayley Smith agreed that coverage could be patchy and needed a lot more improvement.
“It isn't that great,” Kayley said.
“It could be a lot better,” she said.
William Reece said the strength of the signal varied and “sometimes you'll get good reception, other times bad”.
Meanwhile Christy Choon is harsher, saying the reception she gets in Gladstone is “really bad”.
Keisha Gallegos, Donna Gallagher and Merelle Osborne all agree that the coverage is good in some areas but horrible in others.
On the other side of the table, Kylie Mansfield and Rebecca Cutts couldn't find anything wrong with their reception.
Rebecca said that she believed it depended on which provider you were with.
Visiting Gladstone from Biloela, Merelle Osborne and Theresa Rau said while coverage was good in town, they'd experienced problems in the vicinity of the proposed tower, on the stretch of road from Calliope to Beecher.
Shauna Gallagher didn't mince words about the issue.
“It's crap. It's really bad. It drops out all the time,” Ms Gallagher said.
“Sometimes it's like you drop off the face of the earth,” added her Mum, Donna Gallagher.
Some Gladstone residents have found an unusual way to avoid altogether any issues with mobile coverage.
Stewart Smith can only be reached by landline or at work.
“I don't know what the signal's like, because I don't even have a mobile phone,” he said.
“I have one for work but it stays at work.
“I just use it on site and there's no problem with coverage there.”
The proposed telecommunications tower would have had the potential to improve wireless internet coverage in the area.
When questioned about internet access responses were mixed with several complaining about speed and unreliable connections in several locations, including the CBD.
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