Mount Isa and Surrounding Area - Extension


Severe Weather events impact service in Mount Isa and surrounding part of the North West District of Queensland.

As previously notified by Optus on Tuesday 31 January 2017, normal operations in Mount Isa and surrounding part of the North West District of Queensland were affected by a series of severe weather events on or about Sunday 22 January 2017. 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 5 March 2017.

Optus has identified that the effect of these circumstances applies to an additional 30 services bringing the total number of services impacted to approximately 90 services. This number may increase as Optus assesses the full effect of the severe weather conditions. Based on current information, the resumption date of normal service operations is expected to be 5 March 2017. 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 is not limited to, the area starting at Lake Julius heading south to Duchess, west to the Boulia-Mt Isa Hwy (83), north to the Barkly Hwy (A2) then northeast back to Lake Julius. 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:

0744020000 To 0744020999 0747400000 To 0747499999
0744200000 To 0744208999 0747699000 To 0747699999
0744373000 To 0744373999  

As these circumstances were outside of Optus 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 23 January 2017 to 5 March 2017 inclusive (based on Optus 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 23012017-QLD-E-C-P-MOUNT ISA AND SURROUNDING AREA_RUL_EXT1

You can also view a copy of this notice on our Internet site

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 ( and in the White Pages® telephone directory.