OUT OF TOUCH: The Clarence Valley has many mobile phone black spots, a subject causing much angst among residents.
OUT OF TOUCH: The Clarence Valley has many mobile phone black spots, a subject causing much angst among residents.

Report the Valley's mobile black spots

CLARENCE Valley residents have plenty of advice to give a Federal Government inquiry into improving mobile phone coverage.

On Thursday The Daily Examiner asked readers to identify mobile phone black spots in the region and it quickly became obvious there is plenty of dissatisfaction with the service out there.

While plenty of readers nominated places all around the Valley, Amy Morgan nominated just about anywhere more than 15km from the CBD.

Looking at the list of trouble spots, it's hard to disagree.

And it seems frustrated phone users have tried some bizarre ways of improving reception.

Rod Palmer at Pillar Valley advises phone users making a call at his place to stand on one leg, face Grafton and pray to Mecca, while Trisha Finlayson, at Gilletts Ridge, said she aims her phone north and hopes it works.

Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan said public feedback was part of the government's election commitment to spend $100 million on improving regional mobile coverage across the nation.

"This discussion paper is an opportunity for residents and community leaders in Page to provide input on this important program and to help make sure that Page gets its fair share of the money," Mr Hogan said.

"Inadequate mobile phone coverage is a significant concern for regional communities.

"Lives can literally depend on accessing mobile phone networks in emergencies."

On Monday The Daily Examiner will run a feature on Telstra's 4G rollout in regional areas from Coffs to Whitsundays.

Black spots

Brooms Head

Wooloweyah

Minnie Water

Pillar Valley

Lanitza

Halfway Creek

Woombah

Ashby

Seelands

Copmanhurst and Upper Copmanhurst

Waterview Heights

Top of Bent St

Grafton Shoppingworld

Minnie Water

Yamba

Tucabia



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