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Round 2—Regional Connectivity Program noticeboard

Take a look at our project noticeboard to find out if there are potential telecommunications projects you may wish to develop into a project application for Round 2 of the Regional Connectivity Program. Register your potential project here.

Proposing Organisation State Project Location Project Description Contact Details
Cedar Creek Rd Community Qld Closeburn-Cedar Creek (North) 4520

Cedar Creek & Closeburn are two suburbs in the west of Moreton Bay Regional Council (postcode 4520) with a population of some 260 properties along Cedar Creek Rd.

The upper reaches of the valley have no mobile phone connection, poor quality land lines and unstable low quality ADSL2 Internet. NBN has determined the technology for this area to be Skymuster, but the topography and heavily forested landscape make this an ineffective solution.

A recent survey of residents showed that 40% of households are running a business from their premises; 70% work from home for an employer and 57% of households have students. 39% would use the internet for telehealth if internet quality supported it. Residents often have to leave the suburb to obtain suitable Internet connectivity for work or study as showcased in a 7News interview. This workaround was not possible during COVID lockdowns which clearly highlights the inequity of telecommunications in the area and the competitive disadvantages faced by businesses, workers, and students.

Improved internet connectivity would facilitate increased productivity of the employees and businesses in the area, would provide students with equal educational opportunities and future employment options, and would facilitate better health outcomes through telehealth.

Name
Paul Donohue & Lea de Groot

email
cedarcreeknbn@degroot.id.au

phone
+61 411 444 792

NBN Co NSW All of Australia

As a wholesale-only, open-access broadband network, nbn is an ideal collaborator to partner with your community.

Working with local, state, territory, and federal governments, we're committed to helping deliver social and economic benefits including access to higher-speed broadband services in regional and remote areas.

We have a strong history of developing and supporting technology options for all Australians and, alongside state and local governments, successfully participated in round 1 of the RCP program.

If you would like to explore opportunities, please reach out to nbn_rcp_program@nbnco.com.au and one of our local team members will be in touch.

Name
Damon Cavalchini

email
nbn_rcp_program@nbnco.com.au

phone
+61 409 132 197

Cloncurry Shire Council Qld Corella Park Dam, Cloncurry Corella Park Dam is located 54km west of Cloncurry and is one of the most popular free-camping locations in Queensland with up to 200 campers per night. Council is looking to upgrade camping facilities in this area in the near future and, as part of this, is hopeful off attracting funding to install a mobile base station and backhaul to this amazing location.

Name
Philip Keirle

email
pkeirle@cloncurry.qld.gov.au

phone
+61 408 495 335

RemoteISP NSW Goulburn and Upper Lachlan Shire We currently run a very successful WISP, We offer plans from $39.00 a month to $99.00 Unlimited data for 25Mbps Download 15M Upload. We have over 50 Access Sites in ULSC and 70 in GMC, we would like to expend this as we cover only 40% in GMC and 32% in ULSC. We own everything we are technicians and have all the required licences inc Acma and carrier. We are not managed by a 3rd party and all works are done by us.

Name
Michael Drummond

email
michael@remoteisp.com.au

phone
+61 422 736 683

RemoteISP NSW Bathurst We currently run a very successful WISP, We offer plans from $39.00 a month to $99.00 Unlimited data for 25Mbps Download 15M Upload. We have over 30 Access Sites in BC, we would like to expend this as we cover only 10% in Bathurst. We own everything we are technicians and have all the required licences inc Acma and carrier. We are not managed by a 3rd party and all works are done by us. We pride our sleves on good old service and have great reviews on facebook.

Name
James Drummond

email
info@remoteisp.com.au

phone
+61 422 736 683

Bangalow Community and Beyond NSW Bangalow Our area is connected via a mix of Fixed Wireless (not fit for business purpose) and long haul FTTN which drops out in the rain and in some places cannot reach the minimum 25Mbps speed as required under the telecommunications act. Recently our mobile coverage has been degraded to 3G and in some locations of the town it is non-existent. Our community, all be it small, is full of entrepreneurs, creatives, innovators and generally people and business who require high speed access to the Internet for their work and income.

Over the last 6 months, we have conducted a survey to understand the demand for broadband over 100Mbps and we found an overwhelming majority of the town would order an Internet service over 100Mbps it if they could. None of these survey participants can order this speed currently due to the inability for the NBN network to deliver at their desired speeds.

This is why we are asking your consideration for financial support to help the NBN justify the upgrade of FTTP for our town of Bangalow so we can have access to this essential service with the same degree of reliability and speed as our fellow city Australians.

Name
Heath Donald

email
heath@nonames.agency

phone
+61 419 426 342

Glen Valley and Friends Community Action Group Vic Glen Valley Glen Valley is a small community situated on the Omeo Hwy between Omeo and Mitta Mitta with around 30 rateable properties but it is a hub for many adventure and recreational activities including white water sports, bushwalking, fishing, hunting, camping, 4wding and cycling. The Omeo Hwy is a major access route between East Gippsland and the Nth East of Victoria and traffic volumes are increasing. It is also snow affected at times during winter and is popular in summer with motorcyclists due to the tight bends. There is no handheld mobile phone reception on the Omeo Hwy for almost 100km. The hamlet of Glen Valley and Glen Wills has been affected by bushfires in 2003, 2019 and 2020 and the copper wire communications maintained by Telstra fail regularly. The community needs better communication to deal with the growing tourists, travelers and the natural disasters. The majority of properties in the area do not have internet facilities. A suitable location for a solar powered phone tower has been sourced with good all year access. This location would provide covered to a significant portion of the Omeo Hwy north and south as well as the township.

Name
Stuart Wilson

email
sjwilson@tpg.com.au

phone
+61 428 304 645

Lupetec QLD Kureelpa Upgrade of fixed line NBN footprint for Kurrelpa QLD .

Kurrelpa is located in the Sunshine Coast hinterland in Qld. Due to it's topography the NBN satellite is the only service available in this area. Within 2 km radius from my location there are FTTC connections being made to other property owners

My application for this project is to fund a further Fiber rollout to include the Kurrelpa area that is currently in a NBN black hole. This extension will provide a digital improvement to over a 100 families, who currently rely on ADSL technology for Internet access.

Also the Blackall Range Independent School with over 50 students is located in this area . They suffer from the lack of adequate online learning access to resources, as the school relies on limited wireless technology.

I believe as there is already an existing fixed line NBN footprint in the close by a further extension into Kurrelpa would not be of great expense. This project would be in the Category 1: Projects seeking Regional Connectivity Program funding of less than $300,000 .

This grant would have immediate impact of the economic and social development of the Kurrelpa area as many people work from home and support the local community

I live in Kurrelpa and I am an active member of the community. I have a strong background in the data telecommunications industry. I am willing to provide my services to help with this project to ensure a better outcome for all.

Name
Tony Duffy

email
tduffy@lupetec.com

phone
+61 490 172 831