Telstra considers small station

Telstra is considering building a small cell mobile base station at Mathinna after concerns were raised about a lack of coverage in the Break O’Day region.

Mayor Mick Tucker said last month the region needed better coverage for its high tourist numbers and in case of emergencies.

Cr Tucker on Monday said a small base station for Mathinna would provide a “little bit of a comfort zone” as the $220 million federal government Mobile Black Spot program was rolled out.

Meanwhile, continued wet weather has hampered Telstra’s work to bury 1.8km of temporary fibre cable now exposed across the side of the road and the south Esk bridge, near Mathinna.

Optus said it had provided a submission to the federal government for the second round of the Mobile Black Spot program.

SIGNAL: Telstra may build a small cell mobile base station to provide coverage at Mathinna. It is still burying an exposed phone cable there. Picture: Getty Images

SIGNAL: Telstra may build a small cell mobile base station to provide coverage at Mathinna. It is still burying an exposed phone cable there. Picture: Getty Images

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