BETTER COVERAGE: An Optus phone tower has gone live on Kingaroy-Cooyar Rd.
BETTER COVERAGE: An Optus phone tower has gone live on Kingaroy-Cooyar Rd. Contributed

Major South Burnett mobile black spot to be fixed today

MAIDENWELL and its surrounds will receive dedicated mobile coverage for the first time today.

Optus has switched on a new tower in the South Burnett as part of round two of the Federal Government's Mobile Black Spot program.

The tower, which is co-located on an NBN Co site on Kingaroy-Cooyar Rd, will play a key role in providing enhanced coverage to more than 200 residents, with coverage stretching as far as 15 kilometres from the site.

The new site is one of 17 Optus mobile black spot sites now live across Queensland.

Optus vice president of regulatory and public affairs Andrew Sheridan said this would enable residents to stay connected with friends and family through reliable voice and data access.

"This is a great moment for local residents as Optus delivers mobile coverage to the Maidenwell community for the first time," he said.

The new site was made possible through Optus' partnership with the federal and state governments.

"We are grateful for their investment in the mobile black spot program, as it creates opportunities for us to be responsive to communities where coverage is most needed," Mr Sheridan said.

Maranoa Member David Littleproud has welcomed Optus' investment in the region.

"Improved mobile coverage for Maidenwell hands locals more choices in how they live their lives and, ultimately, gives people a great opportunity to not only stay up to speed with education, business, news and contacting loved ones," he said.

Mr Littleproud said the dedicated coverage would also allow residents to call for help in an emergency.

"I'm proud to be delivering better mobile coverage to Maranoa because better connections result in more convenience, better economic opportunities and improve social opportunities for people living in isolated areas," he said.

Optus is continuing to expand and strengthen its networks to deliver improved data and voice services across metropolitan, regional and remote locations nationally.