Under the first five rounds of the Program, the Government's commitment has generated a total investment of more than $836 million, delivering up to 1,229 new base stations across Australia.
Council advocated for this funding back in 2014 and has pursued this since, with the funding being announced through Round Five of the Australian Government Mobile Black Spot Program. This round will fund the installation of two Telstra small cell base stations to be located at Teelba State School and Dunkeld.
The base stations will improve mobile coverage for the local community, visitors and emergency services in the immediate vicinity of Teelba State School and Dunkeld Primary School, providing access to mobile voice and data services.
Maranoa Regional Council Mayor Tyson Golder said the improved infrastructure is important and beneficial for the Maranoa Region and will have a positive impact on the community.
The Round 5 rollout is expected to commence in the coming months, with the first new base stations planned to be activated by later this year. Information about the expected timing for the Teelba and Dunkeld base stations will be provided on Telstra's website shortly. The rollout sequence is determined by the mobile carriers based on various factors, including obtaining local government planning approval, landowner agreement where necessary, and having available access to existing infrastructure such as power and backhaul.