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Mobile phone coverage across the northern rivers and Clarence Valley is set to improve improved with an $8.1 million investment to fix 91 local black spots. Is your area on the list?

Page MP Kevin has announced today that 11 new or upgraded base stations would be funded in both regions under the federal government’s $100 million Mobile Black Spots Program.

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Mr Hogan said the new or upgraded towers would be located at Babyl Creek, Bentley, two at Bonalbo, Copmanhurst, Ettrick, Hernani, Lower Peacock, Nymboida, Culmaran Creek and Pirora.

‘This is a great outcome for our community with a total of $8.1 million to be invested on new or improved mobile coverage across the northern rivers and Clarence Valley,’he said.

‘For far too long, our community has been frustrated by calls dropping out or simply no signal,’ Mr Hogan said.

The black spots that will be fixed are at Afterlee, Alstonville, Angourie, Babyl Creek, Ballina. Bean Creek, Bentley, Bingeebeebra Creek, Black Rocks, Blaxlands Creek, Bonalbo, Boomi Creek, Boorabee Park, Bottle Creek, Boundary Road, Cambridge Plateau, Casino, Cedar Point, Codrington, Collins Creek, Copmanhurst, Culmaran Creek, Doubtful Creek, Dyraaba, East Lismore, Eden Creek, Edenville, Ellangowan, Ellis Road, Ettrick, Evans Head, Fairy Hill, Ghinni Ghi, Goonellabah, Gorge Creek, Grafton, Green Pigeon, Hernani, Iluka, Iron Pot Creek, Joes Box, Junction Hill, Kyogle, Leeville, Little Back Creek, Lower Bottle Creek, Lower Duck Creek, Lower Dyraaba, Lower Peacock, Mylneford, Nymboida, Old Bonalbo, Paddy’s Flat, Pagans Flat, Peacock Creek, Pearces Creek, Pines Road, Piora, Rous, Rous Mill, Ruthven, Sandilands, Sextonville, Shannon Brook, Smiths Creek, South Arm, South Gundurimba, Tabulam, Therese Creek, Tooloom, Toonumbar, Toonumbar Dam, Tucki Tucki, Tunglebung, Upper Duck Creek, Whiteman Creek, Wollongbar, Woolners Arm, Wooloweyah, Wyrallah, Yabbra and Yamba.

Also black spots will be fixed on Bagotville Road between Bagotville and Coolgardie, Bentley Road between Bentley and Boorabee Park, Evans Head road between Evans Head and Woodburn, Lindendale Road between Lindendale and Chesworths lane, Sheppard Street between Tallowood Ave and Canning Drive and Summerland Way between Grafton and Junction Hill.

Mr Hogan today announced a further $60 million in funding for 
round 2 of the program.

To nominate a black spot for the second round, email [email protected]

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  1. What good news in The Echo today for those in the 1st round. But …

    Crabbes Creek has a number of black spots – I run tourist accommodation and have struggled with the lack of mobile reception in the #260 to #292 Crabbes Creek Road area since I opened in 2004.There are other businesses in the valley as well.

    International and local guests expect mobile coverage – instead they have to drive out towards the highway to pick up a decent signal. Even at the General Store there are issues.

    Telstra wanted me to put up a 30m radio aerial and move it around my 30 acre property to see where a good signal could be found – but with no support from them technically or otherwise. So I pay for 2 landlines to provide practical communication access for the business and guests.

    A private Telstra commercial rep walked the property with his best phone and declared the area a black spot – this is something many in the community have been praying for. It has been consistently raised in discussions with Tweed Council for the Rural Villages Planning Strategy as well and at community meetings.

    I hope Crabbes Creek gets a fair chance in the next round.

  2. I’m sure the CSG Mining companies will appreciate the improved signal at their mine wells. Not to mention the much needed signal for the back-to base video and alarm and well status monitoring.

    The ‘Mobile Phone Hotspot Program’ fills in the signal gaps left by the construction of NBN Co Fixed Wireless Towers – despite the Federal Government DOUBLING the number of towers. One could either ask why the contractor (Ericsson) was not penalised for getting their technology coverage horribly wrong by a factor of 100% wrong – or for what other purpose the government wanted such a high density of towers for. Either way it cost the taxpayer just another $1 billion…

    Of course the towers will use the LTE 4G Technology – the same technology the US wireless giant Verizon announced would command and control the US Military Drone Fleet – all controlled by land based cell towers.

    Coincidentally Australian government sought to buy a US REAPER armed, unmanned drone fleet from the USA last year.

  3. Great NOT… Is there no escape from these terrible radiating towers. My whole family is now electro sensitive and we cannot live near any towers. Their radiation emissions give the kids heart palpitations and migraines not to mention we all now have tinnitus and nerve pain.
    Lloyds of London no longer provide insurance for health claims against mobile phones or wireless (wifi) devices. Owners of properties who receive funds from telco’s, and sign contracts to have towers on their properties cannot get insurance to cover themselves, should anyone sue for claims against their health, which incidently has happened in Sydney.

  4. I am glad to be living in a so called black spot and this is why, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3qCR6xbaq4
    It is good to see Shearwater Steiner School is removing its wi fi after in depth research,they have concluded
    the ‘ possible risks inherent in the use of wireless technology are not justified based merely on the convenience that it provides’


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