Council Study To Deliver Faster Internet To Local Business

Redland City Council is conducting a study it hopes will help overcome a major hurdle for local businesses – poor internet connectivity.

Karen Williams, Redland City Mayor

Mayor Karen Williams said Council would investigate connecting the key business areas of the city, at Capalaba, Cleveland and Victoria Point and allow business access to the new network.

“We know internet connectivity is one of our biggest challenges, and a major hurdle for businesses,” Mayor Williams said.

“A study previously commissioned by Council revealed poor connectivity was one of the biggest problems identified by local business respondents.”

“A shocking revelation of that university research was that businesses had left Redland City because of poor connectivity and other operators said they would consider moving their businesses elsewhere if connectivity did not improve here.”

Cr Williams said that while internet connectivity was historically a Federal Government responsibility, Council was committed to exploring options to improve internet access for local businesses.

“Poor internet connectivity – despite the multi-billion dollar NBN investment by the Federal Government in recent years – remains a major problem for many business owners,” she said.

“They have told me many times of their continuing frustration that there has been little if any improvement in connectivity and of the extra pressures this puts on their businesses during already tough economic times and I know the Redland Coast Chamber of Commerce shares their concern.”

Redland City Chamber of Commerce President Rebecca Young said there was a desperate need for better connectivity, to put local businesses on a more level playing field with their competition.

“Connecting our major business centres and allowing local access would be a sensible and productive way for Council to help business,” she said.

“It could also be a giant shot in the arm for the local economy and a big boost for business competitiveness.”

The feasibility study is expected to be finalised by the end of the year with Council to then consider budget to install the necessary fibre to connect businesses.