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15 May, 2022

Disaster communication expanded

TO ENSURE the region stays connected in times of disaster, Tablelands Regional Council has expanded its communications network, installing three new UHFCB repeaters at various locations across the shire.


One of the new UHF-CB repeaters being installed at Millaa Millaa.

TO ENSURE the region stays connected in times of disaster, Tablelands Regional Council has expanded its communications network, installing three new UHFCB repeaters at various locations across the shire. 

Local disaster management chair and councillor Bernie Wilce said the new repeaters would help regions keep connected during and after natural disasters. “We needed an alternative backup communication system in case the more traditional systems like mobiles, landlines and internet fail during and after a disaster,” he said. “These three repeaters will greatly enhance our communication capability. “Normally UHF-CB communication is line of sight but these repeaters will enable communication across much greater distances.” 

Mr Wilce said while the repeaters had been installed for disaster response, they were available to the community for everyday use. 

“All you need is any UHF-CB equipment, commonly available in vehicles and handheld radios,” he said. “While the repeaters are available to the community, if other communication systems fail during a significant disaster, we will take control of the network to ensure communications are managed and we can all stay in touch. “Communication during and after a disaster is key, and these repeaters are an important part of our community’s connectivity.” 

The repeater for Atherton is repeater channel 1, repeater channel 2 for Mount Garnet and repeater channel 3 for Millaa Millaa.

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