The bush telegraph is alive and well in Dorrigo. Pictured above is the interim Telstra cable providing telecommunications to Do
The bush telegraph is alive and well in Dorrigo. Pictured above is the interim Telstra cable providing telecommunications to Do

Good ?old? technology catches up at Dorrigo

By UTE SCHULENBERG

COUNTRY telecommunications don't get much bushier than this!

Following a major lightning strike in December, which 'fried' nearly half a kilometre of underground cables, interrim above-ground cables have been strung between trees along a fenceline on Dorrigo's Dome Road.

Some would call it good Aussie ingenuity or perhaps a true 'bush telegraph'.

Telstra's general manager for the Mid North Coast, Michael Sharpe, said after the strike Telstra had worked to get an interim service operating as quickly as possible.

"Our imperative is to get things up and working for people," Mr Sharpe said.

"The temporary cable is certainly still vulnerable but anything above or below ground is in Dorrigo.

"Dorrigo is one of the worst places in Australia for lightning strikes."

Mr Sharpe said the new cable was scheduled to be laid on March 2, weather permitting.

"We will be bringing in our ploughs to lay the cable ? the deeper the better."



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