State gives $1m to im­prove Wu­jal wi-fi

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

WU­JAL Wu­jal will re­ceive $1.1 mil­lion in fund­ing through the state Gov­ern­ment’s Works for Queens­land (W4Q) pro­gram.

Leeanne Enoch, who is the Min­is­te­rial Cham­pion for the com­mu­nity and will visit Wu­jal Wu­jal this week, said the fund­ing will be used to cre­ate a high-speed wire­less net­work and dig­i­tal fo­rum – sup­port­ing more than 14 jobs.

“The wire­less net­work will en­able re­li­able com­mu­ni­ca­tions for ev­ery­body in the com­mu­nity on both sides of the Bloom­field River,” Ms Enoch said.

“This is vi­tal as Wu­jal Wu­jal is a vul­ner­a­ble com­mu­nity due to its prox­im­ity to sig­nif­i­cant wa­ter­ways which be­come volatile dur­ing ex­treme weather events.

“This was ev­i­dent ear­lier this year when the com­mu­nity was es­sen­tially cut off for eight days by road, and fur­ther crip­pled by a lim­ited telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion net­work.

“The net­work can op­er­ate in­de­pen­dently or as part of the Tel­stra or other com­mu­ni­ca­tion sys­tems or ser­vices, and will form the back­bone of com­mu­ni­ca­tion within and around the com­mu­nity.”

Wu­jal Wu­jal Mayor Des­mond Tay­ley said the wire­less net­work will en­able coun­cil to bet­ter man­age emer­gen­ciewith in­stant con­nec­tiv­ity to the com­mu­nity through mo­bile de­vices or other Wi-Fi-en­abled equip­ment.

“It is also ex­pected the net­work will en­hance as­set man­age­ment through its pre­dic­tive main­te­nance func­tions.”

Ms Enoch said the $1.1 mil­lion in W4Q fund­ing will also be used to re­model the ex­ist­ing coun­cil work­shop to en­able re­cy­cling in the com­mu­nity.

“Bal­ing of re­cy­clable ma­te­rial will re­duce trans­port and dis­posal costs by up to 70 per cent,” Ms Enoch said.

“Th­ese are valu­able out­comes and strong ex­am­ples of how the $200 mil­lion W4Q pro­gram en­ables swift de­liv­ery of jobs through pri­or­ity main­te­nance and mi­nor in­fras­truc­ture works across re­gional Queens­land.

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