David Littlerpoud MP David Littlerpoud

Securing a digital future for Jimbour, Maranoa MP announces mobile tower is now operational

November 15, 2019

Jimbour’s new mobile base station was switched on by Telstra today (Nov. 15) – funded through Round Four of the Mobile Black Spot Programme – handing locals and travellers a secure connection in this digital age, Maranoa MP David Littleproud said.

“My goal is to help build the kinds of communities our children and grandchildren either want to stay in or come back to, and better mobile phone coverage is certainly a big part of that,” Mr Littleproud said.

“The base station, located on Kents Road, will provide new and improved 3G and 4G mobile coverage to the Jimbour area, its state school and Dalby-Jandowae Rd.

“This gives businesses, locals and visitors more choices in how they live their lives and is a great opportunity to not only stay up to speed with education, business, news and contacting loved ones but also calling for help in an emergency.

“Breaks in our communications hinder emergency services, tourism and business – that’s why this program is so important for Maranoa and why I’ve been advocating so hard on this issue.

“This is the 753rd tower to be switched on through the $380 million Mobile Black Spot Program – which goes to show the Federal Government’s commitment to connecting Australians in rural and remote regions.”

An additional $160 million in new funding for rounds five and six of the program was announced earlier this year to continue to improve phone service for people in Australia’s regions.

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