Doomadgee to Burketown Optical Fibre Link Project Popular
Council: Burke Shire Council
Fund: Royalties for Resource Producing Communities Fund
Category: Other infrastructure
Burketown's overburdened radio network will soon be a thing of the past with the installation of over 90km of fibre optic cable to deliver high-speed broadband internet, 4G mobile phone services and Wi-Fi hotspots, boosting business, health, education and tourism opportunities.
Total project cost
In kind valued at $360,000
* Average number of Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) jobs supported by project construction (based on Queensland Treasury's Guidelines for estimating FTE jobs directly supported by the capital works program).
Burketown will be the first/last internet hot-spot for those traversing the Savannah Way, which will potentially draw tourists to stay longer.
The new technology will deliver enhanced experiences during major events, including the Burketown Barra Comp and the Morning Glory Festival, and improve profitability and sustainability to local government and local businesses.
Far-reaching benefits for council operations, businesses, health and education services, and emergency management, as well as providing greater connectivity, safety and improved lifestyle for residents and visitors.
Increased resilience of all telecommunications to Burketown is an important boost for a town consistently faced with the challenge of going days without telecommunications during the wet season.
Connections to the Burketown State School and the health clinic will allow more students to study in the shire and increase the number of specialist telehealth appointments, saving thousands of dollars per consultation.
Operating a business and running a household will be more sustainable, with the reduced need to physically travel, cutting fuel consumption and emissions.
Over 90km of fibre optic cable between Doomadgee and Burketown.
Upgrade from 3G (voice) to 4G (voice and data).
High-speed (ADSL 2+) broadband and Wi-Fi hotspots providing 4ha of coverage.
Upgrade to the Burketown Exchange and mobile phone tower.