Lack of mobile phone reception
OPTUS is slamming Clarence Valley Council for lack of mobile phone reception in some coastal areas after it rejected the latest Brooms Head tower bid.
Mobile black spots include Minnie Water, Wooli and Brooms Head, with many residents, workers and holiday-makers in the area finding the lack of coverage an inconvenience.
Wooli Solitary Island Holiday Park owner Jan O’Neill said the lack of mobile coverage was making life difficult.
“Reception in the area has deteriorated and we are in the midst of cancelling our Optus contracts because we have no coverage,” she said.
Many people wanting to make a call in the coastal spots have to walk to the headland or use public phones.
“It is an inconvenience to a lot of people because they have to walk to the top of the headland, and even then they don’t always get it,” Beverly from Minnie Waters Caravan Park said.
An Optus spokesperson said the carrier was hoping to expand its 3G network in the Clarence Valley to improve coverage in the black spot areas.
“With the Northern Rivers region continuing to record the fastest economic growth in NSW, Optus remains committed to building communications infrastructure,” the spokesperson said.
Optus recently activated new mobile sites in the Grafton CBD, with work due to begin on infrastructure at Whiporie, Coutts Crossing and Minnie Water once negotiations with council are complete.
“We also have plans to build new mobile sites at Brooms Heads, Junction Hill and Glenreagh.”
Council’s deputy general manager of environment and economics Des Schroder said a development application for a tower at Brooms Head was rejected because it was too close to a residential property.
“Councillors have generally expressed the point of view that they want the economic advantages of towers but they don’t want the towers to visually affect residents,” he said.