Boyne Valley tower included in $100m black spots program
TEN new mobile base towers will be built across the Flynn electorate, including one at Ubobo in the Boyne Valley.
The federal government has committed $100 million to fund 499 new towers across Australia.
Telstra will contribute $165 million, Vodafone $20 million and $10 million will come from the Queensland government.
Despite not living in the Boyne Valley, cattle farmer Will Wilson has been riding the federal government to make the Boyne Valley a priority in its $100 million mobile black spots program since the 2013 floods.
Yesterday Mr Wilson finally got the news he has been waiting for - a new base station will be built in the Boyne Valley, after approvals are finalised by Gladstone Regional Council.
The community will contribute $80,000 raised after the 2013 floods and that is one fact that Mr Wilson believes got their application over the line.
"We had that money in the bank," Mr Wilson said.
"That was part of the deal so they would look at moving us up the list because it is a small area."
Federal member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd said there was no arguing the Boyne Valley was in desperate need.
"Recent weather events like cyclone Marcia have shown us just how important it is," Mr O'Dowd said.
"I've been out there after heavy rain and you can't get there - that means people can't get out, and they don't have any way of contacting anyone if they need help.
"They were completely cut off. No landline service, no mobile phones. We were lucky there were no serious injuries."