Special Activation Precinct in Parkes receives state-of-the-art fiber optic network | Parkes Champion Post


SIGNIFICANT UPGRADES: Parkes’ SAP is receiving a ‘critical’ high-speed fiber optic network that will improve digital connectivity in the region and benefit local businesses located in the SAP. Photo: SUPPLIED.

The good news for Parkes’ infrastructure projects continues to arrive with the announcement that a high-speed fiber optic network has been finalized for the Special Activation Precinct (SAP).

Parkes Shire Council’s telecommunications partner, Lumea, now provides secure, scalable, high-speed Lumea Carrier Ethernet and Lumea Business Internet along Brolgan Road, where Parkes SAP is located.

Businesses along the way will benefit from full fiber optic flexibility and connectivity up to 10 gigabytes per second or more, with options to connect to the Lumea Data Center Interconnect (DCI) ecosystem for l edge computing and cloud connectivity.

Parkes Shire Council Mayor Ken Keith OAM said it was great to see vital technology improvements for the area.

“It’s great to see state-of-the-art infrastructure being delivered to Parkes that will improve digital connectivity in the region and benefit local businesses located in the SAP.”

Lumea telecommunications manager Glenn Wood said better digital connectivity for Parkes will help accelerate economic growth in the region, which includes key agriculture and mining industries, as well as a solid transport and logistics industry.

“I am extremely proud of the provision of high-speed network services that enable Parkes’ business community to benefit from faster and more scalable data services,” he said.

“Companies located in the SAP, including SCT Logistics, Master Pet’s Pet Care Kitchen and Pacific National, as well as future businesses in the region, will have access to speeds and performance that rival metro hubs.

“Fiber is truly the essential infrastructure of the modern economy, and that’s why bridging the digital divide between regional and urban centers is of such importance to us at Lumea,” said Mr. Wood.

The fiber network was built using the existing Lumea Optical Ground Wire (OPGW) backbone network combined with self-built underground and overhead fiber in conjunction with utility partner Essential Energy.

Mark Beasley, TelBU manager at Essential Energy, said the two companies are teaming up to deliver very vital updates to the NSW region, which is often left out of metropolitan areas.

“We are committed to playing an important role in the transformation and development of the NSW region,” he said.

“The Parkes SAP is a great example of how we have been able to use our assets and skills to facilitate the deployment of fiber optics.

“With Lumea, Essential Energy has been able to bridge the digital divide, in what we see as the start of a new and exciting future for the communities we support,” Beasley said.


While Lumea Carrier Ethernet and Lumea Business Internet services are currently only available to those along the Brolgan Road, Lumea has the ability to extend this reach to support the wider Parkes business community, by depending on local demand.

The activation of the Parkes SAP is a significant milestone in the NSW Government’s 20-year economic vision for the NSW region released in 2018.

The Parkes SAP covers 4,800 hectares of land and includes six sub-zones in its structure plan – Parkes/Regional Enterprise, Livestock Intensive Agriculture, Resource Recovery and Recycling, Solar, Mixed Enterprise and Commercial Gateway.

Early works began in September last year and are due for completion in the first half of 2023 and include a new substation, two bridges, utilities and an upgrade to Brolgan Road.

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