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

Hard to do business over the phone in Boyne Valley

AS A cattleman, Craig McLachlan needs to balance his physical work with business over the phone.

But that can be nearly impossible when the Boyne Valley has little to no mobile phone reception, and suffers constant landline disconnections.

Growing up in the valley he said that was "just the way it is".

"But it's the way it shouldn't be when everyone else is moving forward and we're not," he said.

"It's not like we're in the middle of nowhere; we're an hour from the biggest industry on the eastern seaboard in Gladstone."

Living on a property 17km from Ubobo, the family has next to no communications.

Mr McLachlan said he worried about getting word out if something happened to one of the kids.

"We were stuck in during the January floods for about three weeks, without phone, without power," he said.

"The kids wanted to get on the motorbikes and check the creek out but you've got to wrap them up in cotton wool."

He said not having a reliable landline was the worst.

"I talk to my wife via the UHF radio but mostly only use my mobile when I go into town," he said.

"When you get up on a ridge... sometimes you can get reception."



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