Scenic Rim Regional Council to Improve Disaster Communication System

The Scenic Rim Regional Council will invest in government wireless networking (GWN) hardware to enable reliable communications during disaster response.

The GWN provides approximately 99% coverage of South East Queensland and brings together public safety agencies including Queensland Police Service, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, Ambulance Service Queensland and the SES in the same radio communication platform and frequency pool to enable efficient communications between multiple agencies.

The purchase of 30 portable radios, 30 single unit chargers and two fixed station terminals will provide coverage throughout the Scenic Rim area for Council staff and will replace the outdated radio systems currently in place.

Scenic Rim Mayor Greg Christensen says it’s a welcome tech upgrade.

“The GWN will significantly improve radio communications for Council operations and the one-time hardware cost allocated in the 2022-23 budget will provide continued benefits for improved efficiency of internal communications across the region.”

“The annual operating costs of the system, including training, will be charged to the Council’s existing budget and are expected to be less than the current budget allocation for the maintenance of the current two-way radio system used by the Council.”

GWN device trials addressed concerns about blackspot coverage and identified options to use Council-owned communications antennas and deploy mobile radio transmission sites to further extend GWN coverage if needed.

GWN is a fully managed service provided by an external telecommunications provider in conjunction with a major subcontractor who installs all equipment and provides technical support and maintenance 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Learn more about the 2022-23 budget at www.scenicrim.qld.gov.au/2022-2023-budget

Elna M. Lemons