Cattleman Craig McLachlan struggles to do business over the phone with the Boyne Valley’s limited coverage.
Cattleman Craig McLachlan struggles to do business over the phone with the Boyne Valley’s limited coverage. Mara Pattison-Sowden

Boyne Valley feels let down after mobile signal still poor

DESPITE continued perseverance on behalf of community members, the Boyne Valley is still in the dark when it comes to mobile reception.

With the wet season looming, many residents are expressing their concerns about the risk of further isolation during the repeat event of a disaster.

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Leanne Schilder, a Nargoorin resident, said she had expected action on behalf of the government before the onset of another wet season.

"Last year was not only very scary, but very isolating for us," she said.

"It annoys me when a street in Gladstone that doesn't have reception will immediately have the attention of government. Out here we all go without reception all the time."

The 2013 Calliope's Bulls and Bands charity fundraiser was the result of a community fed up with a lack of empathy from government departments in their bid towards a communications tower.

More than $75,000 was raised from the event, going towards the construction of a communications tower in Baffle Creek and the Boyne Valley.

A feasibility study, to be carried out by Telstra, will begin in the second week of January, determining the region's eligibility for funding.

"The government needs to realise that connecting rural Australians is an inevitable expense," Mrs Schilder said.

"Why not get the infrastructure out of the way as soon as possible before communities lose all faith?"



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