Sunshine Coast's submarine cable protection zone gets support from Australian councils

Published: Comments:
Australian Government Business Business & Economy Other Local Government Political Sunshine Coast Council Technology & Communications

This is an archived copy of an article. It is online for informational purposes only.
Social:   

Representatives from councils across Australia have supported a motion calling on the Federal Government to amend the Telecommunications Act 1997 to facilitate consideration of Sunshine Coast Council’s application for a submarine cable protection zone to be declared offshore from the Sunshine Coast.

Mayors, councillors and senior local government representatives have gathered in Canberra for the Australian Local Government Association National General Assembly of Local Government 2017.

Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson, who moved the motion at the conference, is representing Sunshine Coast Council and also attending the conference in his capacity as President of the Local Government Association of Queensland and ALGA board member.

"I am delighted my Australian local government colleagues have supported this motion and have acknowledged the national significance of this submarine cable protection zone, if Australia is to have greater security, redundancy and access to bandwidth on the eastern seaboard," Mayor Jamieson said.

“The importance of fast, reliable communications for cities and regions has been a common theme throughout this conference.

“There are only five international cable connections into Australia - four which come ashore along a short stretch of coastline in Sydney and one into Perth.”

Mayor Jamieson said Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull had himself identified this as a vulnerable single-point-of-failure for the eastern seaboard of Australia, with the existing cables located in close proximity to each other.

"At a national level, the Sunshine Coast will be playing its part in addressing a major national risk because, with the existing four cables in Sydney located so closely together, they could easily be damaged or disrupted at the same time,” Mayor Jamieson said.

"In addition, because the price, speed and bandwidth will be improved, all of south east Queensland - in fact the whole State - will be advantaged by an international connection from the Sunshine Coast.

"The installation of a new submarine cable offshore from the Sunshine Coast will also ensure Queensland will no longer rely solely on the Sydney land connections for its data needs.

"We have support for this game-changing initiative from the Queensland Government, the Queensland Opposition, the Local Government Association of Queensland, the Council of Mayors South East Queensland and now the Australian Local Government Association.

"I trust the strong support from local governments across the nation for this initiative will assist in encouraging a more positive response from the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) and the Federal Government, with whom our council looks forward to working to achieve a positive result."

Sunshine Coast Council put another three motions to the National General Assembly, all of which were carried.

Following this endorsement, ALGA will also now call on the Federal Government to:
·         provide greater incentives under its National Innovation and Science Agenda to encourage young entrepreneurs to establish start-up businesses in regional areas of Australia outside of the capital cities;
·         implement an urgent review of the roll out of the NBN Fibre to the Node services and propose a revised back up power supply solution to overcome the loss of communications that will be experienced during extended power outages; and
·         provide funding and other support to councils to undertake a range of coastal community protection projects consistent with developed regional erosion management projects and future coastal hazard adaptation strategies.

Mayor Jamieson welcomed the ALGA members’ support for the Sunshine Coast Council’s four motions which would assist in council’s own efforts to grow the economy, protect the environment and ensure the safety of residents across Australia during times of natural disaster and extended power outages.

The annual conference brings together key policy makers, the media and the private and tertiary sectors to discuss the major issues and opportunities facing local government, including infrastructure to deal with congestion; quality of life standards; economic growth; and improving service delivery and efficiency through harnessing new technology.

 
Sunshine Coast Regional Council :
Locked Bag 72 Sunshine Coast Mail Centre Q 4560, Sunshine Coast Wide
07 5475 7272
1300 007 272
Sunshine Coast Regional Council
Showing 10+ recent articles for this business
2018 is a great year to join Sunshine Coast Libraries 15 January 2018 | Next time you pass by your local Sunshine Coast Council library, make sure you drop in to discover the huge range of benefits for members, including free access to books, movies, music and so much more. More information...
The Ultimate Footy Fortnight fan ticket experience 12 January 2018 | Footy enthusiasts can select from three high-profile pre-season games – Super Rugby’s ACT Plus500 Brumbies and the Gallagher Chiefs from New Zealand on February 14 followed by two NRL pre-season trials on... More information...
Step back in time these holidays 11 January 2018 | Whether you have lived here for your entire life, a few years, a week or you’re just visiting, exploring the rich heritage of the Sunshine Coast is a wonderful experience. More information...
A touch of glass for 10th anniversary Sunshine Coast Australia Day Awards trophy 10 January 2018 | With a design inspired by the Sunshine Coast’s mountains, stunning ocean and surf, local artist Shar Feil-Moorman has been selected to create the celebratory 10th anniversary Sunshine Coast Australia Day Awards... More information...
Creative, quirky crafts for kids 09 January 2018 | Beat the end-of-school holiday boredom and take the kids to Caloundra Regional Gallery for some free creative fun. From Tuesday, January 16 to Friday, January 19, arts educator Sam Relihan will be in residence at... More information...
Create your own jewellery with a tasty twist 08 January 2018 | Inspired by your favourite food, create a fun, colourful and quirky piece of jewellery at Friday3Live from 6-8pm on January 19 at Caloundra Regional Gallery. More information...
Help develop the future of arts on the Sunshine Coast 05 January 2018 | The search is on for a local arts sector professional to join the Sunshine Coast Arts Advisory Board and help drive development of arts and culture in the region. More information...
Ten new playgrounds and two basketball courts open for holiday fun 05 January 2018 | If you’re looking for a new playground to take the kids these school holidays you’re not short of options, with 10 Sunshine Coast playgrounds recently refreshed with modern new equipment. More information...
Landholder Environment Grants open 04 January 2018 | Private rural landholders can apply for assistance to undertake on-the-ground projects to protect and enhance the region’s environmental values, with Sunshine Coast Council’s Landholder Environment Grants now... More information...
Save $2,000 a year by loving your leftovers 04 January 2018 | Are you overwhelmed with the amount of food in your fridge this holiday season? More information...



Social:   
comments powered by Disqus

All articles submitted by third parties or written by My Sunshine Coast come under our Disclaimer / Terms of Service