Carpentaria cell tower under construction

Carpentaria Mayor Jack Bawden inspects Critters Camp cell tower

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Carpentaria Shire Council Mayor Jack Bawden inspects the new cell tower. Photo: supplied.

Carpentaria Shire Council Mayor Jack Bawden inspects the new cell tower. Photo: supplied.

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Carpentaria Shire Mayor Jack Bawden says the Critters Camp service would better position the shire during disasters.

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Construction of the Critters Camp small cell tower is underway, with Carpentaria Shire Mayor Jack Bawden saying the service would better position the shire during disasters.

The project received a funding injection of $135,150 from the state government's Queensland Disaster Resilience Fund.

Critters Camp is the central point during disaster events to allow trucks to communicate with the disaster committee and ensure supplies are maintained during flooding, when roads are not accessible to the shire.

Cr Bawden has a bird's eye view of the installation. Photo: supplied.

Cr Bawden has a bird's eye view of the installation. Photo: supplied.

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.

Carpentaria Shire Council 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.

Cr 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.

The story Carpentaria cell tower under construction first appeared on The North West Star.

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