NBN offers big maintenance savings: BIS Shrapnel

By Paul Hemsley and Julian Bajkowski Economic forecasting and industrial research house BIS Shrapnel has estimated that junking Australia’s existing copper phone lines for optical fibre-to-the-home under the National Broadband Network will deliver network maintenance savings of between $600 million to $700 million a year. BIS Shrapnel’s estimates predict a reduction of up to 70 […]

Putting out fires with mapping technology

Mapping technology used in last year's Queensland flood disasters is being used to help South Australia’s Country Fire Service (CFS) volunteers.   The CFS has been working with location intelligence vendor Esri Australia to develop a Geographic Information System (GIS) solution that uses multi-layered digital maps to provide front-line crews with detailed information as emergency […]

Victoria floods $19.3m into warning systems

By Paul Hemsley   Water minister Peter Walsh said the $12.1 million Floodzoom tool will be built to improve communications to communities that are situated in areas that flood.   “It will give emergency services a more accurate prediction of flood behaviour and help individual land holders assess their own flood risk,” the minister said. […]

Victoria gives councils $2.2 million

Minister for Local Government Jeanette Powell said the Victorian Coalition Government has made a further $2.2 million in relief payments available.   The payment comes under the $5 million Local Government Clean Up Fund to assist communities clean up, recover and rebuild.   Mrs Powell said $1.6 million in payments was provided in January and […]


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