David Littlerpoud MP David Littlerpoud

Mobile coverage boosted in Eromanga

June 10, 2021

People living and travelling through Eromanga will now have better phone service to make calls, browse the internet and stay connected with family and friends.

Maranoa MP David Littleproud said the new mobile base station being turned on today will significantly improve phone service for local residents and businesses in Eromanga.

“My constituents have raised the issue of poor service in Eromanga and I’m pleased to be part of a Government that is listening and delivering,” Mr Littleproud said.

“This small cell will complement the existing 3G mobile services being delivered to Eromanga and provide new 4G coverage to the township and immediate area surrounding the site to improve the quality and reliability of mobile services for the community.”

The new mobile base station was completed by Telstra and is the latest of 43 sites across Maranoa to be switched on under the program to provide new or improved mobile coverage.

“As the home of Australia’s largest dinosaur, Eromanga is an exciting tourism destination for travellers and dinosaur enthusiasts – this upgraded connectivity will give the tourist trade a boost and provide added economic and social benefits to the region,” Mr Littleproud said.

“Importantly, this solution will also provide real safety benefits to the Eromanga community who face flooding during the wet season and can become isolated.

“While no telecommunications network is 100 per cent impervious to damage from natural disasters, Australians naturally want to be confident our communications networks are as resilient as possible. The Mobile Black Spot Program is an important part of this as it provides an alternative communications option if another network goes down during an emergency situation.

“Our continued investment in mobile phone base stations is further proof of the Coalition’s commitment to connecting Australians, wherever they are, particularly in regional towns like Eromanga.”

“This Government knows how frustrating it is to be talking on the phone or browsing the internet and then lose service, so we’re getting on with the job of building more phone towers to deliver better service.”

More information about the program is available at www.communications.gov.au/mbsp.

Fast Facts:

  • The Coalition Government is committed to improving connectivity for people living in regional and rural areas.
  • The Government’s $380 million Mobile Black Spot Program is eradicating phone black spots across Maranoa with 50 sites funded to date under the program and 43 sites now completed.
  • The first five rounds of the Mobile Black Spot Program are funding more than 1,200 mobile base stations around Australia, with more than 920 of these already on air and providing much needed mobile connectivity to rural and regional areas.
  • More than 54,000 Triple 0 calls have so far been made possible through the Mobile Black Spot Program.