Power tower call
FOR a brief period of time, while the Gympie Muster was on recently, Gympie region resident Kerrie McAuliffe and hundreds of other mobile phone users throughout the Langshaw and Widgee districts had crystal clear mobile phone and internet reception.
Convenient, yes, but most importantly, they felt safe when going about their daily business, knowing if an accident should happen they could call for help on their mobile phones.
Mrs McAuliffe is pushing for the mobile phone tower in the Amamoor Creek State Forest Park to be powered up 12 months of the year, rather than just the one month for the convenience and safety of Muster patrons.
Power is not connected to the site of the tower, so every year they install a generator and get the tower operating, Mrs McAuliffe said.
“I don't see why they couldn't install solar power to run it,” she said.
“We live at the edge of the grid, and we've opted for solar panels to supply our household power needs.”
Residents are increasingly frustrated that for a few weeks of the year perfect mobile phone reception is available, but then for the rest of the year, the tower is dismantled and lies unused in the grass.
“Usually our area is low or extremely low on signal services,” Mrs McAuliffe said.
“I took some photos while I was up there recently, because low and behold the tower is powered up with all this fancy equipment and generator.
“It's a shame that Telstra can't power this tower with solar all year round so the locals can benefit as well.”