Darling Downs and Granite Belt QLD - Extension


Extreme Weather events impact service in Darling Downs and Granite Belt District of Queensland.

As previously notified by Optus on Friday 19th December 2014, Optus’s normal operations in the Darling Downs and Granite Belt region of Queensland were affected by a series of extreme weather events on or about Thursday 11 December 2014. The telecommunications network in these areas have experienced high levels of damage that resulted in delays to installation and repair activities on a significant number of Optus services. Due to the extent of damage to the Optus network, the impact in the affected region has been greater than initially estimated, and as a consequence of the continued weather effects, the expected recovery date has now been extended to 1 February 2015.

Optus has identified that the effect of these circumstances applies to an additional 210 services bringing the total number of services impacted to approximately 540 services. This number may increase as Optus assesses the full affect of the extreme weather conditions. Based on current information, the resumption date of normal service operations is expected to be 1 February 2015. This date is indicative only; Optus customers should anticipate that some further delays may occur.

Optus regrets any inconvenience caused to customers and thanks them for their patience while this work is being undertaken.

Optus services encompassed in this exemption are in the area bounded by and including, but not limited to, the area starting at Cooyar heading southeast towards Toogoolawah, southwest past Grantham to Pilton and then southeast to Aratula. From Aratula the area turns south to the QLD/NSW border and following the border westerly past Texas and Goondiwindi to Mungindi. The area heads northeast to Teelba, southeast to Irongate, northeast past Biddeston to Kingsthorpe, and then north back to Cooyar. All suburbs and towns serviced by Optus within these boundaries are encompassed in this exemption. Services in the area mentioned above with phone numbers in the following number ranges may have been affected:


0745719000 To 0745719999 0746120000 To 0746399999
0745944000 To 0745963999 0746509000 To 0746999999

As these circumstances were outside of Optus’s control, Optus is claiming an extension to time frames applying under the Telecommunications (Customer Service Guarantee) Standard 2011. This means that Optus is notifying customers that normal service time frames may not be met during the period of 12 December 2014 to 1 February 2015 inclusive (based on Optus’s estimated recovery schedule correct at the time of publication of this notice).

If you have any questions regarding your eligibility for a CSG payment under this notice, or wish to have us reconsider whether the circumstances were a proper basis for claiming an exemption, you can contact Optus on 13 39 37– quoting CSG exemption reference number 12122014-QLD-E-C-P-DARLING DOWNS AND GRANITE BELT_RUL_EXT You can also view a copy of this notice on our Internet site www.optus.com.au/msd If, after calling Optus on the above number, you remain unsatisfied with our response to your query, you have the option of raising the matter with the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman (TIO).Information on the TIO and contact details are available on the Internet (www.tio.com.au) and in the White Pages® telephone directory.