Balonne Digital Connectivity Project

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The Balonne Shire Council Digital Connectivity Project is a strategic and staged approach that focuses on the area of internet connectivity. 

Stages 1 and stages 3 and 4 are underway with the Telco Partner Field Solutions Group and are expected to be completed by the end of April 2021. 

Stage 1 is proudly funded by the Queensland Government's Building Our Regions programs.  Stage 3 and 4 has been made possible with funding by the Australian Government under the Murray-Darling Basin Economic Development Program.

Project Update

The towers have been constructed and are almost ready for switch on. Read more at the Field Solutions Group website, or hit the button below.

Latest Update

Stage 5 – Funding Announced

Funding to connect across the Queensland border to NSW and expand connectivity around Mungindi has been approved by the NSW Cross-Border Commissioner.

This is a joint project with Moree Plains Shire Council and will provide redundancy and backhaul back-up (from Sydney) and three additional towers on the Qld-NSW border.

Solving digital connectivity is strategic priority, however it requires ongoing lobbying and funding to become a reality.

The table below shows a timeline of the progress for the first five stages of the project.

Council has submitted two separate grants for Stage 2 Bollon and awaits news on the Regional Connectivity Program grant.

Stage 5 is an important part of the model as it is proposed to provide redundancy and backhaul for the entire Balonne and Moree network, with three new towers on the Queensland-New South Wales border.

Early stage research: March 2018.
Council workshop - strategy Development: June 2018.
Community session - digital strategy day: September 2018.
Final digital research report: December 2018.
Stage 1 funded: March 2019.
Stage 2 - Bollon: seeking funding.
Stage 3 and 4 funded: August 2019.
Stage 5 funded: March 2021.

 

Retail plans

For more information on retail internet plans, visit the FSG Website.

Information on retail plans will be made available by Field Solutions Group regarding the approved ISP retailer(s) for their network.

There may already be fixed wireless solutions available to end-users (customers), or, other internet solutions available and therefore end-users will need to make their own decision on which plans and ISPs they want to utilise for their homes or businesses and undertake the necessary due diligence when selecting any retail plans.

Council has no commerical relationship with any ISP.

Contacts - Further Information

Greg McCormack, Field Solutions Group

T: 0428 495 342

E: greg.mccormack@fieldsolutions-group.com