Dad dies in Boyne Valley after no reception for 000 call

EXTRA chairs had to be pulled out for the town hall meeting in Ubobo as the community's frustration with isolation hit its peak.

The death of experienced timber cutter Trev McClure on June 12 had the community all ginned-up to no longer except excuses from those in power.

The father-of-three was badly injured at work and managed to find his way back to his vehicle, and he tried to call for help. But he had no phone reception in the Boyne Valley and was unable to call out.

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The Boyne Valley Communities liason officer Frank McKee
The Boyne Valley Communities liason officer Frank McKee Campbell Gellie

Boyne Valley Communities liaison officer Frank McKee (pictured) said people were "jumping up and down" because they have no phones and, when it rains, no roads.

But he was optimistic their points were heard by state member for Gladstone MP Glenn Butcher, regarding the roads, and too the federal government, about telecommunications.

"They are going to do it because we're going to make sure they will do it," Mr McKee said.

"People are getting sick of being out here and nobody was listening."

He said Mr Butcher said the state government took ownership of the Gladstone-Monto Rd which locks the residents in the valley when it rains.

He also said the telecommunications problems --- no mobile phone service or internet --- had been heard by senator Fiona Nash.

There was satellite internet in the area until it was removed in preparation for wireless broadband which is still to come.

Mr McKee expected a response in a few weeks.

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