How broadband cable to Coast is good for Australia

SUNSHINE Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson has garnered national support in a push to increase the investment appeal of an international submarine broadband cable.

Representatives from councils across Australia have supported a motion calling on the Federal Government to amend the Telecommunications Act 1997 to facilitate consideration of Sunshine Coast Council's application for a submarine cable protection zone to be declared offshore from the region.

The protection zone is hoped to increase appeal to private investors required to bring a cable to the Coast.

Cr Jamieson put the motion forward this week during an Australian Local Government Association meeting in Canberra.

"I am delighted my Australian local government colleagues have supported this motion and have acknowledged the national significance of this submarine cable protection zone, Cr Jamieson said. 

"The importance of fast, reliable communications for cities and regions has been a common theme throughout this conference."

He said a cable direct to the Coast would help to address a major national risk.

"With the existing four cables in Sydney located so closely together, they could easily be damaged or disrupted at the same time.

"The installation of a new submarine cable offshore from the Sunshine Coast will also ensure Queensland will no longer rely solely on the Sydney land connections for its data needs." 

He hoped the support shown for the motion would encourage a positive response from the Australian Communications and Media Authority in relation to the council's application for a protection zone.