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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.

Proposing Organisation State Project Location Project Description Contact Details
Cattle Producer Qld Augathella

Poor connectivity, loss of signal/signal strength due to upgrade to 4G from both the Rosewood and Augathella repeaters. This service is really effected in the high tourist season when peak usage occurs. This service has deteriorated since December 2020.

Remote monitoring equipment, call talk quality, continually dropping out of signal. An urgent upgrade to this service is required. There numerous businesses effected as well as our travelling public and heavy haulage operators.

Name
Michael McKellar

email
bookastn@bigpond.com

phone
+61 7 4654 9142

Kangaroo Valley Broadband Network NSW Kangaroo Valley

Kangaroo Valley Broadband Network (KVBN) is the definitive 'place-based approach to target telecommunications infrastructure investment that will respond to local priorities and maximise economic opportunities and social benefits for regional communities and businesses'. KVBN began with a community crowd funding campaign in 2019 and this was supplemented by funding from the NSW government's Connecting Communities Fund run by the Department of Regional NSW through the Restart Regional Growth Fund. So far KVBN has connected 50 households with the prospect of a further 200 joining the network in the first half of 2022. KVBN seeks to connect a further 500 households in the deep pockets of Kangaroo Valley that have previously had poor internet access. There is a great demand for higher quality internet access and the potential to create many more economic and social opportunities within Kangaroo Valley. If KVBN can complete the last part of its network it would provide high quality internet access to every household in the Valley. The building of the network itself by a local family company has created many economic opportunities for local builders, electricians and labourers.

KVBN is a place-based solution to regional digital connectivity issues through broadband services. It complements the National Broadband Network, the Mobile Black Spot Program and the telecommunications industry's mainstream commercial networks by filling a hole in the network that is caused by the unique geography and population distribution of the Valley.

The completion of the KVBN network is of high economic and/or social value that lies outside the NBN Fixed-line footprint; and it would enable better connectivity and increased data that would result in substantial economic benefits for the local community, as well as the Southern Highlands and South Coast regions of NSW.

Name
John Sinclair

email
john@gungaru.net.au

phone
+61 408 864 262

Mareeba Shire Council Qld Mareeba

The present telecommunications connectivity along the Kennedy Highway from Mareeba through to Cairns is insufficient to meet current or future needs and is detrimental to business operations as well as the liveability of the area.

The Kennedy Highway is a vital regional road transport corridor and a top priority identified mobile blackspot area, as well as a major freight, commuter, and tourism route. It connects Cairns with the Atherton Tablelands, Cape York Peninsula, Gulf of Carpentaria and links Mareeba, the largest inland centre in Far North Queensland, to Cairns, the largest centre in Far North Queensland.

Independent mobile coverage testing including signal strength and network performance of both the 3G and 4G networks in our region demonstrates extensive mobile black spots and, where there is coverage, it is not compatible to capital city locations due to distance to the core and lower network overlap.

Mareeba Shire is the 6th fastest growing local government area in QLD and we can not allow the community to suffer a digital divide and risk detrimental economic and social impacts as a result of lack of access to technology literacy and inclusion.

Name
Jessica Fealy

email
jessicaf@msc.qld.gov.au

phone
+61 408 864 262

NetVault QLD QLD, NT, NSW, VIC, SA, WA and TAS NetVault is your regional Telecommunication provider with offices in Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth. Our industry-leading internet, telephony and cloud services have earned us a reputation for reliable cutting-edge technical expertise and outstanding customer service.

Any infrastructure that we design and build will enable rapid access to a variety of services to the Regional community and Businesses.

We provide high quality and reliability of the service - As an example of one of the reliable internet solutions that we designed for Regional communities and businesses to assist them with their Internet is our SD-WAN solution, Our SD-WAN solution aggregates the bandwidth from multiple connections into a single connection which makes the internet fast and reliable and if one connection goes down then the service will still work.

If you would like to explore the opportunities, please feel free to reach out to us at sales@netvault.net.au.

Name
Rohit Kumar

email
sales@netvault.net.au

phone
1300 513 262

Rocky Hall Community Association Inc. NSW Rocky Hall 2550

On behalf of the Rocky Hall community, the Rocky Hall Community Association Inc is seeking a solution for our mobile black spot coverage. Rocky Hall is located midway between Bega and Bombala in southern NSW and is part of the Bega Valley Shire. The community consists upwards of 25-50 people and has virtually no mobile coverage. Rocky Hall, like many other communities, was severely impacted by the black summer bushfires, losing in excess of ten properties.

Solving our black spot through mobile connectivity will give our community access to basic and essential services and would yield significant social and economic benefit. These benefits are commonplace in more densely populated parts of the country but in remote communities people lean to live without them; in this day and age we shouldn't have to.

The beneficiaries would include community groups, small businesses and entrepreneurs, the farming community, travellers, the RFS and the community members themselves during emergency situations which include bushfires and flooding along the Towamba River.

Thank you.

Name
Scott Pagan

email
Scottapagan@gmail.com

phone
+61 417 214 316
+61 2 6494 2551

City of Whyalla SA Port Bonython

backbone fibre and conduit to serve the build of a fibre area network to serve the Port Bonython (and Cultana) Mega Hydrogen Precinct

Name
Steve Harrison

email
steve.harrison@whyalla.sa.gov.au

phone
+61 427 421 577

Clear Mountain Residents Association Qld Clear Mountain

Clear Mountain is under 20 kilometres from the Brisbane CBD. Residents on the Western side of Clear Mountain, encompassing Camfin Rd, Kelso Court, Dobson Rd. and other branch streets lay in a heavily wooded valley. A number of these properties have/are being subdivided, with many new residents moving into the area.

The community is also seeing a demographic change, with senior residents being replaced by younger families with school-aged children who are working in the community and from home. The area is poorly serviced with decades old PMG/Telstra copper lines for phone and ADSL, installed above/below ground. At best, ADSL speeds range from 2-7 Mbps, when working. These lines are unreliable in dry or wet weather and are not maintained, with no further "pairs" available for new residents.

Underground pits regularly fill with water and tree branches bring down or strain aerial lines, resulting in limited or no internet or landline phone service.

Mobile coverage is poor and—where available—is largely restricted to 3G service that is only available outdoors.

Most residents rely on the Wi-Fi calling facility of Telstra ADSL2 internet service, but due to poor speeds and a lack of reliability, this facility is not always available.

The area experiences multiple electrical blackouts each year during the storm season, affecting internet and even landline phone services when the exchange loses power. Some outages have lasted for 3 days.

There's no "fallback", given the limited mobile services in the area, leaving residents with no communications of any kind.

NBN fibre to the curb or node services partially cover (the East of) Clear Mountain and Skymuster satellite is offered to other residents. This service has proven to be problematic for both speed and reliability in the area due to the topography and heavy tree cover. Some properties allocated to SkyMuster cannot receive the service due to ridgelines to the North-West which block line of sight.

Our area has numerous small/medium home based businesses and many who regularly work and study from home. The poor or non-existent mobile and internet coverage makes it difficult or impossible to operate businesses, and to meet work or study commitments.

Medical or other emergencies are of concern for all residents, but particularly the elderly, a number of whom have chronic health problems.

It is our understanding that funding had previously been approved, but we are not aware if that funding is still available.

We thank you for your consideration of our funding request.

Clear Mountain Residents Association

Name
Mitchell Parish

email
mparish@bigpond.net.au

phone
+61 412 282 383

Telair Pty Ltd Qld Qld, WA, NT

Telair will act as the Nominated Carrier by means of an NCD for Australian Communications Group Pty Ltd (ACG) who is a Licenced Carrier (number 496). With offices in Brisbane and Perth, we have a large focus on building infrastructure in the North and West of the country.

Any infrastructure that is built and managed by us will provide immediate access to multiple retail service providers that are ready to provide both community and business services. We pride ourselves on providing the most cost-effective solutions without compromising on speed or quality.

If you are a state or territory government, local government, industry, community group, not-for-profit or First Nations community-controlled organisation with projects that can provide economic and/or social benefits to your region, please reach out to sales@telair.com.au so that we can collaborate and obtain funding for the best solution to suit your current and future requirements.

Name
Damien Deery

email
damiend@telair.com.au

phone
+61 434 771 212

Digital Technologies and Telecommunication P/L NSW South East NSW The focus of this new project is to enable and empower Business and residential customers in our region from Woolongong to Eden and across to the Moss Vale and to the Snowy Mountains with Metro like High Speed Internet (of potentially upto 1Gbps), VoIP and Secure VPN, IIoT and bespoke services . Please connect with us to discuss the opportunity in your region in our coverage area.

Name
Armen Gregorian

email
sales@airlan.com.au

phone
+61 466 003 537

Northern Australian Radio Alliance (NARA) NT Northern Territory, Torres Strait, Northern Queensland WA

The NARA propose project has a good fit within the Regional Telecommunications Review 2021—in light of the recent release by the Telecommunications Ombudsman (20 October 2021) where they suggest one of the methods to improve services is "Constructing communal connectivity hubs for remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities offering voice, SMS and data access to members of the community."

"Consumers in regional, rural and remote communities rely on telecommunications services to stay connected to family, emergency and support services, work and study from home, and run small businesses".

This is what our network does, and we use Telco services to connect these services to everyone in the community. In times of emergency and when important messages need to be sent to everyone there is no better way to get the message out there as our services are accessible to everyone in the community all the time.

Our WAN based broadcasting services make these services available to everyone in the community and eliminates any technology barriers that are often seen in remote communities.

Oral communication and communication in traditional languages are widely used within Indigenous communities as this is the traditional means of communication amongst Indigenous people—especially in remote communities.

The scale of this project allows it to reach into the most remote locations and the pilot in Queensland has proven its long-term effectiveness. The system is scalable and can have sites added as the need arises.

Many people living in remote community's struggle with technology and simple things like mobile phones, text and SMS messaging present barriers to information flow—our system acts as a community interface, allowing important messaging and information flow to everyone regardless of age and technological awareness.

This is part of the overall solution to remote communications, and it can be delivered effectively and for a low cost on systems that have already been operating for over a decade in remote Queensland. This is an opportunity to broaden this service across the entire Northern part of the country including QLD, NT, WA and the Torres Strait.

Quote attributable to Ombudsman Judi Jones "Consumers living in regional communities continue to have reduced access to telecommunications services.

"Regional communities face unique challenges in having a fault repaired or being able to access an alternative service. They also face a greater risk in natural disasters, such as bushfires and floods, where reliable telco services play a critical role in co-ordinating disaster response and recovery.

"Providing better access to information about available services could allow consumers to make more informed decisions, encourage competition, and bridge the telco divide between metropolitan and regional, rural and remote Australia."

Name
Jim Remedio

email
jimremo@yahoo.com.au

phone
+61 409 526 156

North Burnett Regional Council Qld Biggenden, Eidsvold, Gayndah, Monto, Mount Perry and Mundubbera

North Burnett Regional Council is seeking mobile coverage solutions for the communities located between our centres of Biggenden, Eidsvold, Gayndah, Monto, Mount Perry and Mundubbera.

An upgrade to services will start filling black spots, giving rural residents basic access to an essential service such as mobile connectivity. This would allow the ability to use new technologies within our agribusiness industries, improving the viability of livestock and horticulture operations. It will also greatly improve safety for travellers who can access mobile service between towns on our major highways, including the Isis and Burnett Highways, Eidsvold-Theodore Rd, Mundubbera-Durong Rd and major connectors in between.

Improved connectivity and coverage services are required to support investment and growth in the region. In addition to the economic benefits, improved digital connectivity will enhance access to telehealth services, on-line education opportunities and emergency communications during natural disasters, including flooding and bushfires.

Name
Jason Erbacher

email
jason.erbacher@northburnett.qld.gov.au

phone
+61 400 787 072

Evening Star Tourist Park Qld Charleville

Evening Star Tourist park and neighbouring businesses require improved broadband and mobile coverage solutions for the area of Adavale road, west of Charleville in south west Queensland.

There are numerous enterprises in the area (tourism, fabrication, mechanical services, rangeland grazing, home based providers, boutique farm-to-plate and artesian products from the Mulgalands) that are unable to conduct effective business communication due to no mobile signal. Some businesses have installed cell fi boosters to improve signal., however, this is mostly non effective due to vegetation and topography. The Evening star experiences regular interruptions to EFPOS function for guests to book in. Guests have informed the business that they will cease coming unless telecommunication improves

The provision of digital connectivity services will support numerous social, economic and environmental needs:

Social:

  • emergency management during natural disasters—fire flood and drought
  • ability to have tele health meetings with specialists in Toowoomba and Brisbane
  • connecting with family and relative's to ensure wellbeing
  • connecting with local community

Economic:

  • ability to conduct at home business activities
  • ability to attract further investment due to constant connectivity
  • productivity improvements and adoption of new technologies within agribusiness industries
  • Environmental
  • ability to adopt remote sensing equipment for productivity
  • ability to upload environmental data to atlas of living Australia and various other apps

A mobile base station will will address the listed limitations of digital connectivity in our area and will offer new opportunities for our community and visitors to Adavale road.

Name
Craig Alison

email
craigalison1975@gmail.com

phone
Landline: +61 7 4654 2430
Mobile: +61 455 253 013

Mackay Regional Council Qld Mackay

Mackay Regional Council is seeking broadband and mobile coverage solutions for the communities of the Pioneer Valley, from Mirani to Eungella Dam. An upgrade to services will support productivity improvements and adoption of new technologies within agribusiness industries, improving the viability of sugar cane farming, livestock, dairy and boutique farm-to-plate operations.

Improved connectivity and coverage services are required to support the significant investment and growth in the area's tourism industry driven by the proposed development of a world-class mountain bike trail in the Pioneer Valley.

In addition to these economic benefits, improved digital connectivity will enhance access to telehealth services, on-line education opportunities and emergency communications during natural disasters, including cyclones and bushfires.

Link to the project: https://www.greaterwhitsundayalliance.com.au/new-blog/miw-region-digital-infrastructure-study-report

Name
Nadine Connolly

email
Nadine.connolly@mackay.qld.gov.au

phone
+61 7 4961 9907

Mount Glorious Community Association Inc Qld Mount Glorious

Mount Glorious is situated less than 30 km northwest of the Brisbane CBD, surrounded by the D'Aguilar National Park.

Our community is popular with day visitors to Maiala NP and with motorcyclists who frequent the tourist drive.

There is limited mobile reception and the existing ADSL network has insufficient ports. Due to age and a lack of maintenance, ADSL is unreliable and congested in the area. In 2011 and 2013, the copper network completely failed, leaving residents without communications for an extended period.

Congestion and unreliability also applies to 4G services. Given the vegetation and topography, wireless communications (including satellite) are unavailable to many in the community. State environmental protections preclude the removal of vegetation.

The community is experiencing a demographic change, with senior residents being replaced by younger families with school aged children who are working in the community and from home.

Many members of our community are unable to access working internet for basic needs such as education, banking, shopping, accessing disability and other support services, and communicating with loved ones.

Businesses such as B&B's, local cafés, tourist attractions like local gardens and artisans that rely on working internet are at a major disadvantage due to non-functioning ADSL and inadequate mobile coverage.

Teleworking and remote learning is also challenging or impossible for many residents and students.

We thank you for consideration of our submission.

Name
William McKeever

email
wdmckeever@outlook.com

phone
+61 457 588 192

HyperOne Qld All of Australia

HyperOne is Australia's new $1.5 billion, 20,000 km hyperscale fibre optic network. The project will be the most complete national fibre backbone ever constructed and the first built in almost two decades, connecting all major data hubs across each state and territory, and delivering better connectivity to regional and remote areas.

HyperOne will be a significant enabler of the future growth of industry across our nation, providing critical backhaul transmission capacity for existing and new telecommunications infrastructure.

Working with government and communities across the country, we are committed to delivering better connectivity solutions to regional and remote areas. If you would like to explore opportunities to collaborate, please reach out to eoi@hyper.one.

Name
Evan Kilpatrick

email
eoi@hyper.one

phone
+61 7 3088 5999

The Mount Nebo Residents' Association Inc Qld Mount Nebo

Mount Nebo Village is a community situated 25km Northwest of Brisbane comprising of approximately 450 residents from over 100 families.

Small business operators, those whose work allows them the flexibility to work from home and creative industry participants form a significant proportion of the community and are heavily dependent on internet connectivity speed and reliability. This dependence has significantly increased during the COVID-19 pandemic response.

Our community is connected to the internet via a range of technologies, none of which provide the minimum speed required of 25Mbps as required under the telecommunications act for a large part of the community.

Mount Nebo State School and local residents rely on either unreliable ADSL infrastructure, congested and weak wireless connections or satellite technology that suffers from significant obstruction from vegetation and topography. The only viable technology that can provide the speeds and bandwidth required is fixed-line fibre.

The Mount Nebo Residents' Association Inc is a registered not for profit community organisation that was formed in 1954 with the objective of improving services to the community.

On behalf of our community, the Association calls on the current rollout of fibre internet infrastructure across the 4520 postcode to be extended to Mount Nebo to provide internet speeds in line with the rest of Australia. Extending the rollout currently occurring nearby represents a timely and cost effective opportunity to provide improved service to our community.

Provision of a grant would provide support to create significant social and economic benefit for the Mount Nebo community. It would provide many families with the flexibility to work from home, provide greater technology-driven learning experiences for students, better connectivity for existing small business operators and create new business opportunities for residents.

Thank you for considering our application and we look forward to your response.

Name
Tim Devereux

email
devereux.tj@gmail.com

phone
+61 401 633 091

Lower Namoi Cotton Growers Association NSW Narrabri

Provide better broadband access to areas not served by the NBN.

Name
Robert Eveleigh

email
roberte2390@gmaik.com

phone
+61 427 915 921

Australian Rural Education Centre Co-operative Ltd NSW Mudgee

Improve telecommunications infrastructure around Bombora/Mudgee Airport. Particularly for Mudgee Field Days, the largest annual event in Mid-Western Region, bringing over 5 million dollars into local economy and an important social event that helps reduce social isolation for regional, rural and remote residents.

There are issues with EFTPOS functioning and phone service at the event. Exhibitors have said if telecommunications don't improve, they may stop exhibiting. With COVID-19 forcing online ticketing/check-ins, this issue will be exacerbated. Cashless future events mean 100% EFTPOS or online.

It's in the entire regions' best interest to ensure the event stays viable into the future.

Name
Cassandra Stanford

email
cassandra@arec.com.au

phone
+61 2 6372 3899

Mount Samson Residents Association Qld Mount Samson

Members of the Mount Samson community, 35 minutes from the Brisbane CBD, currently access the internet via a mix of NBN Fixed Wireless, NBN Satellite, ADSL, and telco 4G. All of these technologies have their issues with three particularly sensitive to service disruptions due to rain or heavy fog. A significant proportion of residents work from home or have home businesses that rely on modern telecommunications. This was particularly problematic for many local workers and students during the COVID outbreak.

Mount Samson is home to a State School with over 250 students, along with the Sparrow Early Learning child care centre. These institutions are chronically under-served with NBN Fixed Wireless technology which is failing to deliver sufficient bandwidth for this number of students. Local tourist attraction Travena Glen, and venues such as Samsonvale Hall, Samford Lakes accommodation and dozens of other businesses already require access to internet speeds of 100+/50+ Mbps down/up.

The only feasible, reliable long-term technology for the community, no matter the weather, is fibre - both now and in decades to come. Neither satellite or fixed wireless can adequately support community needs in 2021, much less 2025 and beyond.

With fibre, Mount Samson businesses will be able to expand without communication technology limitations, residents will be able to effectively work from home, telehealth options will become practical, and our primary school and early learning centre will be able to deliver technology driven learning experiences that are not currently possible.

Thank you for your consideration of our submission.

Name
Jason Spotswood

email
jspotswood+msra@gmail.com

phone
+61 419 172 055

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