Report reveals need for greater telecommunications services
A NEW report released by the Wide Bay Burnett Regional Organisation of Council (WBBROC) details the current level of service provided by the main telecommunication network carriers across the Wide Bay Burnett region and, importantly, highlights priority areas for consideration.
Bundaberg Mayor Mal Forman, said with the increase in mobile technology playing a huge role in daily life, it was important that residents of the Wide Bay region had access to fast internet connectivity.
"Bundaberg Regional Council, as a member of WBBROC, has always recognised the importance of positioning the region as being 'connected' to ensure it was attractive to not only technology reliant businesses, service providers and infrastructure providers, but also people who are considering moving to the region," he said.
"Given the natural disasters that have occurred in recent years in the region, it is vital that current telecommunication impediments are addressed to provide enhanced standards of communication during times of natural disasters such as fires and flood.
"On behalf of the region, WBBROC commissioned development of the report by engaging the Digital Economy Group, a leading independent industry specialist in the field of assessing digital infrastructure and the independent testing of mobile and fixed broadband services.
"Ultimately, the study and report were completed to enable meaningful discussions to occur with all telecommunication carriers with the aim of ensuring productive outcomes occur which are jointly communicated to the broader community."
For Bundaberg Regional Council the following areas were identified as priorities.
Areas needing mobile broadband coverage:
- 15km radius around Goodwood (towards Childers, Bundaberg and Woodgate)
- Bucca, surrounds and Bundaberg-Lowmead Road
Areas needing greater mobile broadband capacity (i.e. network upgrade to 4G):
- Moore Park Beach, Burnett Heads, Bargara, Innes Park and Elliott Heads
- Bundaberg and all suburbs together with Childers
- Apple Tree Creek
WBBROC consists of the six Councils in the Wide Bay Burnett Region including Gympie Regional Council, North Burnett Regional Council, South Burnett Regional Council, Fraser Coast Regional Council, Cherbourg Aboriginal Community Council and Bundaberg Regional Council.
A copy of the report can be obtained on the WBBROC website www.wbbroc.org.au.
"As a member of WBBROC, Bundaberg Regional Council welcomes finalization of the report and look forward to working in partnership with the Commonwealth Government and the main telecommunication carriers to ensure an agreed plan is developed to reduce and remove blackspots across the region and keep our community connected", Cr Forman said.