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Smart Cities: Stage 1 commenced

Work has begun on the $1.035M Smart Cities project, with Council contractors starting excavation work at the back of Towers Hill.

The Smart Cities project will see fibre optic cable installed from Towers Hill to Council’s Highway Depot, Dalrymple Saleyards, Administration Centre and the Airport.

The work will also include a $250,000 IT communications network expansion with fibre optic cable installed at the Excelsior Library and community WiFi hotspots available at major public locations.

Visitors and the community will benefit from the free WiFi hotspots which will be located at Council offices, Excelsior Library, World Theatre, Centenary Park, Towers Hill, along Gill Street and the Dalrymple Saleyards.

The fibre optic cable will increase Council's network resilience during disasters while providing a reliable and fast internet connection.

Mayor Liz Schmidt said the Smart Cities project and IT expansion will provide better services for the community.

“With faster and more reliable internet at Council offices, we’ll be able to provide more efficient customer service and be ready in times of disaster to keep the community informed.

“As part of the project, additional security cameras will be installed, especially at the Saleyards to increase safety.”

Work on the project will be broken up into 3 stages and will be undertaken with minimal impact on the community.

“Most of the install will be non-intrusive, however, there will be times, especially in Gill Street, where contractors will need to cut into the footpath. This will allow equipment and cabling to be hidden away to maintain the heritage look of our town.

“The Gill Street stage of work will be carried out to avoid interruptions to businesses during peak hours.”

Minister for Local Government Stirling Hinchliffe congratulated the Council for getting the works underway.

“These projects will have an enormously positive impact on the entire Charters Towers community, young or old and I applaud Mayor Schmidt and her team for their foresight in realising the benefits,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

“The outcome will show just what can be achieved for a community when both levels of government work together.”

The Smart Cities project was 60% funded by grant funding from the Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program, for a total of $615,980. The remaining $419,654 will be funded by Council from budgeted allocations to comply with Council’s 40% funding requirements.

The $250,000 IT expansion works are fully funded by Works for Queensland Scheme, an initiative of the Queensland Government.

Work is expected to be completed by May 2019.

OGG 14 December 2018


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