Carpentaria Shire Mayor Jack Bawden has personally made the climb to inspect the new Critters Camp Small Cell Tower.
The new cell tower will increase communication proficiencies within Critters Camp during disaster events, allowing for better coordination during re-supply efforts.
With $135,150 being injected into the project by the 100 per cent Queensland Government funded Queensland Disaster Resilience Fund (QDRF), Mr Bawden said the project would allow the shire to be in a better position during disaster events.
Critters Camp is the central point during disaster events to allow trucks to be able to communicate with the disaster committee to ensure supplies are maintained during flooding, when roads are not accessible to the shire.
The installation of the tower is the first phase in ensuring Carpentaria can communicate within flooding boundaries, allowing between 100m- 150m of communication capability. Future projects will look to expand this capacity to an 800m radius, allowing for greater functionality during wet season.
Council's Chief Executive Officer, Mark Crawley said the successful installation of the tower and its ability to provide mobile connectivity during flood events is a fantastic outcome for the region.
"The options provided with the equipment installed will ensure reliable communications during and after flooding events for the coordination of the re-supply efforts in the Gulf," Mr Crawley said.
Mayor Jack Bawden said he was grateful for the funding from the Queensland Government for the project.
"The new tower will not only give the community reliable communications during disasters for re-supply effort, but the improved digital connectivity will also better position the shire to view real-time footage of the disasters as flood waters are rising," Cr Bawden said.
The QDRF supports local governments, state agencies and non-government organisations to deliver mitigation and resilience projects, that will better protect Queensland communities from future disasters.
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