News

Residents go back to basics

North Bundaberg residents Patrick Denham (front) Marlene Anthony, Ivan Williamson and Sheryl Denham (back) ask Telstra if they have to resort to primitive modes of communication since their phone lines have been out of service for over a week.
North Bundaberg residents Patrick Denham (front) Marlene Anthony, Ivan Williamson and Sheryl Denham (back) ask Telstra if they have to resort to primitive modes of communication since their phone lines have been out of service for over a week. Max Fleet BUNTEL

NORTH Bundaberg residents have threatened to resort back to primitive methods of communication in a protest against internet and landline problems in the area.

Retired pensioner Patrick Denham fashioned a crude tin can telephone in the back yard of his Kookaburra St home yesterday for a quick catch-up with his neighbours.

Mr Denham and an estimated 200 residents in North Bundaberg have been without landline telephone and with limited broadband internet for the past nine days.

"In these modern times, it seems ridiculous to not be able to use our phone for this long," he said.

"I'd be tempted to try out smoke signals, but this rain we've been getting lately might spoil it."

Mr Denham said the phone outage had been a major inconvenience and was also a concern because residents had not been able to call 000.

"There's a great deal of elderly people in this area and many don't use mobile phones," he said.

"In the event of an emergency, it's not like they can run next door to use their neighbour's, because their phone's out as well."

Mr Denham said Telstra had not notified residents of the reason of the outage, and as to how long until phone and internet service would be returned.

"There are hundreds of homes without phones and they haven't told us a single thing," he said.

"It took a week of phone calls to them for me to get anywhere."

Telstra Country Wide Central Queensland area general manager Doug McClure said damage to an underwater cable running across the Burnett River had necessitated a major upgrade.

The repair work originally affected about 900 households and businesses across Bundaberg, with more customers brought back on line as the work progressed.

Mr McClure said Telstra staff had addressed the matter as quickly as possible and apologised for any inconvenience.

"This has been quite an extensive repair job," he said.

He said a Telstra representative spoke on local radio stations last week notifying residents of the repairs, and that all households should have full phone and internet access by this morning.

Topics:  cable communication north bundaberg telstra



Date nights under $50

ACCORDING to The Bachelor falling in love involves helicopter rides, private jets, shopping trips, and we mustn’t forget the hot tubs.

Brisbane's arts and culture events centre stage

You loved the film, now you're about to love the musical. Don't miss The Bodyguard The Musical in Brisbane this July.

THE arts and culture events you don't want to miss.

Homewares stores to fulfil your Instagram dreams

No Caption

You too can become an Insta-star with these fab stores.

Top 10 Brisbane experiences to cross off your bucket list

Do yourself a favour and get amongst the food truck scene. Eat Street is a great place to start.

A GOOD bucket list doesn’t have to span continents or cost millions.

Six mega sporting events you need to be at this year

Don't miss all the action trackside this season.

IF THERE is one thing Brisbane does damn well, it’s play host.

Insider’s guide to the best rooftop bars

Eleven Rooftop Bar is one to put on your hit list.

SEE the world from a different perspective...

Where to get your hands on the best wings

Try out these bad boys at Buffalo Bar.

IS THERE anything better than a wicked bowl of chicken wings? Nope.

Serial masturbator kicked out of Australia

An Italian backpacker was caught playing with himself in IGA.

Thanks for coming, backpacker sent back to Venice

'Nobody above the law': Candidate welcomes investigation

SECRETLY TAPED: One Nation leader Senator Pauline Hanson and advisor James Ashby.

Bundy's One Nation candidate says comments 'regrettable'

Tigers continue on their amazing run

SIDE STEP: Riley Webb makes a run for Avondale in Northern Districts Rugby League action.

But side not resting on its laurels

Local Partners

Concert death toll revised up to 22, tour suspended

TWENTY-TWO people have been killed and at least 59 people have been injured following a terror attack in Manchester

Casual Keanu says fame is ‘cool’

Keanu Reeves in a scene from the movie John Wick: Chapter 2.

NOBODY expected much of John Wick when it was released in 2014.

She's a really 'cool cow' - and she's a winner

Oakwood Zone Out with Lauren Kelly, Oakwood Black Sable with Paul Forman and 2017 Miss Gympie Showgirl Wendy Ward.

Bundy cow Oakwood Black Sable takes out top gong at Gympie Show.

Ariana Grande breaks her silence after fatal blast

According to reports quoting witnesses, a mass emergency evacuation was prompted after explosions were heard at the end of US singer Ariana Grande's concert in the arena.

The entertainment industry is in shock after attack on concert

Pitch Perfect star suing Woman’s Day over ‘liar’ articles

Actor Rebel Wilson outside court on Friday.

REBEL Wilson's career destroyed by grubby campaign, court hears.

Seven Year Switch: The boner to end all boners

Johnny’s outraged over claims he has a cracked boner.

She gulps. Her face says it all.

Bay to star in Hollywood shark thriller ‘Cage Dive’

Cage Dive, written and directed by Gerald Rascionato, is now screening in the United States of America. It had scenes filmed in Hervey Bay.

And our visiting humpback whales also make appearance.

One of Maryborough's most historic homes is still for sale

FULL OF HISTORY: Trisha Moulds is owner of the historic Tinana state known as Rosehill. The beautiful home is currently for sale.

It has been the scene of both joy and tragedies over the years.

The face of the Sunshine Coast's overpriced rental crisis

Alyx Wilson had to rent a $385 unit in Currimundi because the market was too competitive for cheaper rental housing. She is now renting a room from friends who own a house in Currimundi, and says its much more affordable.

Young people feel the strain in competitive, expensive rental market

WATCH: Take a tour of a tradie's dream home

5a Bruce Hiskens Court, Norman Gardens, going for $720,000. INSET: Lea Taylor.

Huge block with potential for anything

Deputy Premier makes massive call on controversial sand mine

Aerial view of the proposed Forest Glen sand mine.

BREAKING: State Government makes huge call on Coast sand mine plans

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!