IT is the missing link that will open up the Burke Shire to an untapped well of digitally-driven economic prosperity.
That is the view of Burke Shire Council Mayor Ernie Camp, who is leading the call for the fibre optic network to be installed between Burketown and Normanton.
Cr Camp said the move would provide a game-changing advantage to a geographic area much larger than the two remote Gulf of Carpentaria communities.
"There's fibre in Burketown and Normanton already, but what's missing is the connection between them that will allow council to further promote the Burke Shire to digital nomads," he said.
"We speak to mobile entrepreneurs who want to visit and work in our region for a period of time, but they can't do it unless we can offer them a level of connectivity as good as they can get at home.
"Government keeps telling us regional infrastructure development is a priority, and this project should be a priority because it's a game changer that would let us unlock the digital potential of the Gulf Country."
A feasibility and cost analysis has already been undertaken, and Chief Executive Officer Clare Keenan said that the $18 million project would also provide a redundancy for network users on the east coast.
"Not only will connecting Burketown and Normanton with fibre increase our economic capacity, it will provide a redundancy loop for almost 800,000 people," she said.
"That figure alone should get the project across the line as one of technological significance, and it would be fantastic to see stakeholders come together to ensure that this much-needed infrastructure becomes a reality as soon as possible.
"There's no point investing to attract tourists if they can't spend money with our businesses because the cable between Townsville and Mount Isa has been cut and EFTPOS systems are down, something that's already happened a number of times this year."
Traeger MP Robbie Katter said the project needed to be considered for what it would deliver for Queenslanders living in the state's north in terms of liveability and connectivity security.
"Getting this fibre optic connection between Burketown and Normanton is about much more than connecting remote communities," he said.
"It will certainly open up the region for digital economic development at a local level, but the other thing to remember is that it will provide a connection safeguard for about 15 per cent of Queensland's entire population.
"That in itself speaks to how the project stacks up economically, and why it must be prioritised in the interest of further developing north west Queensland."