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Better mobile coverage for regional Qld

AAP logoAAP 1/12/2016 Stuart Layt

Regional Queenslanders should soon have improved mobile coverage with the roll out of 76 new or upgraded mobile phone base stations.

The state government has committed $15 million to the roll-out in a joint initiative with the federal government, Telstra, Optus and local councils.

Innovation Minister Leanne Enoch said it was critical people had mobile coverage when travelling through remote parts of the state.

"Mobile coverage can be a life or death matter for people dealing with natural disasters but it is also important for everyday life, business, tourism, education and social connection," Ms Enoch said.

The upgrades will especially benefit remote townships such as Cape Tribulation in far north Queensland, Cloncurry in the northwest and Kholo in the southeast.

Fourteen of the sites are within federal MP Bob Katter's sprawling regional Queensland electorate of Kennedy.

Mr Katter welcomed the news and praised locals who advocated for better mobile communications services.

"Some of these cases we have been taking to the government for over eight years," he said.

"We had very substantial cases and in my view, it would have been difficult for the government to say no."

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