ANDREW LAMING’S VISIT TO RUSSELL ABOUT MOBILE TOWERS

ANDREW LAMING’S VISIT TO RUSSELL ABOUT MOBILE TOWERS

Video of Andrew Laming at Russell meeting. Video by Chris Conner

While I was unable to attend the meeting, Chris Conner and Tony Gilson were both there.

Chris has given permission to use the video he took of the event.
Tony has written a very good piece about the day’s event.
Just to round things off, I just this morning received a Press Release from Optus….(I’ll put that at the end)

So, here they are:

Just attended the presentation by Andrew Laming, the deputy leader of the Nationals, Telstra and Optus staff and Karen and Mark from RCC. It was pleasing to have them in attendance and I remarked the same to Karen and Mark. Listened intently to what was said, but for the life of me, I don’t recall any firm dates being committed to. Rechecked with a couple of people, and noticed another post from a local resident, that they discussed this point with the Optus rep, and the reply was in the vein of .. no sites chosen, could be up to 12 to 18 months for completion. If this is the case, have we been hoodwinked again ?

Our federal rep made similar commitments two years ago, one month out from the last federal election – as per the RCB article attached. What does this mean – are we about to step in to a federal election campaign shortly? Is this just window dressing, trotted out like it was two long years ago?
The connectivity issue raised by the federal politicians present, could be something to be consigned to the dustbin of election campaign history.

I hope I am wrong, but there is some fairly substantive evidence that says otherwise. Our federal rep has form here, dating back two years, and as a community, we can’t afford for this just to be a campaign trick.

And here is the video on Youtube

And here is an MP4 for you to download..

JUST IN

Here is a screen capture I just received from a Facebook user (name withheld).
Andrew Laming’s recent entry about the mobile tower timeframe

From Optus:

Firstly, the summary:

Highlights:

  • Optus has successfully secured funding to build 12 new mobile sites as part of the Priority round of the Australian Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program
  • Located across New South Wales, Queensland and Tasmania the 12 sites will cost $7.8 million to build, including $5.5 million in Federal funding and a co-contribution of $2.3 million from Optus
  • The 12 sites secured by Optus will include Fullerton Cove and Mount Seaview in NSW, Alva Beach, Cedar Creek, Donnybrook, Moreton Island and Russell Island in Queensland and Beechford/Lefroy, Lachlan, Murdunna, Wilmot and Yolla in Tasmania

 

And here is the full Press Release:

Optus has successfully secured funding to build 12 new mobile sites as part of the Priority round of the Australian Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program (the Program), delivering much needed mobile coverage and connectivity to regional communities.

The 12 sites are located across New South Wales, Queensland and Tasmania and will cost $7.8 million to build, including $5.5 million in Federal funding and a co-contribution of $2.3 million from Optus.

Andrew Sheridan, Optus Vice President Regulatory and Public Affairs said, “Enabling mobile coverage in regional Australia is a key priority for us and we are proud to be working in partnership with the Federal Government to make this happen. In the last 12 months we have delivered more than 350 new sites across regional Australia, with ambitious plans for the next 12 months already in place.”

“Optus is already heavily invested in regional Australia and this important Government program will enable us to reach even more Australians in regional and rural locations around the country,” said Mr Sheridan.

The 12 sites secured by Optus will include Fullerton Cove and Mount Seaview in NSW, Alva Beach, Cedar Creek, Donnybrook, Moreton Island and Russell Island in Queensland and Beechford/Lefroy, Lachlan, Murdunna, Wilmot and Yolla in Tasmania.

“These are all areas in need of improved mobile coverage. For us, this is about more than mobile coverage, it’s about giving Australians in rural areas the coverage that they need to stay connected with their family and friends and deliver for their business,” added Mr Sheridan.

As part of the Program each of the new sites will be fitted with battery back-up capability of 12 hours helping to mitigate potential power outages at an additional Government funded cost.

In addition to these 12 sites, Optus plans to invest in four of the Government’s Priority locations as part of its future rollout plan. Minister for Regional Communications, Bridget McKenzie, welcomed the news.

“I am pleased to see that Optus recognises the coverage problems many of these communities’ face, and that it is moving to address the issues,” Minister McKenzie said.

“The planned rollout by Optus at Lake Tyers Beach (VIC), Lake Clifton (WA), Ningi (QLD) and Sandstone Point (QLD) builds on the Government’s investment in regional Australia.”

Optus is currently rolling out 114 Federal funded sites across Australia as part of the second-round of the Program. A total of 38 Optus co-funded Black Spot sites are already live, providing much needed coverage to communities in those areas.

“We have already rolled out more than 38 black spot sites across regional Australia since the Program was introduced, giving communities mobile coverage so they can stay in touch with friends and family,” added Mr Sheridan.

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