All systems go for data centre in Cooroy
  • Thursday 12 June 2008

Work on the data centre in Cooroy commenced today along with the digging of trenches for high speed, low cost broadband across the Sunshine Coast region – an initiative headed by Division 12 Cr Lew Brennan and project partners, Allegro Networks and Mach Technology.

“It’s going to deliver an enormous benefit to the region. It’s a great outcome that’s been in the making between Council and its partners for a couple of years, following a recent history of around six years ago when Cooroy was on its knees as a community – the sawmills had closed down. The hospital had closed down. The brickworks were downsized.

“Now we’ve started digging the trench for the laying of cable and commenced the construction of the data centre, marking a time of getting on with the job and delivering this asset to the township,” said Cr Brennan.

The project comprises three elements – connection to the fibre optic cable running along the Queensland Rail line, and laying of cable through Cooroy; high speed-business grade WiMAX wireless throughout Cooroy and the northern area of the region, provided by Allegro Networks; and construction of the data centre by Council, to be operated by Mach Technology. The data centre will be supported by high-integrity network connectivity and advanced fire detection systems to ensure businesses can host their server applications locally and stay online 24/7.

The project is the result of grant funding through the Federal Government's Clever Networks program. The Clever Networks strategy is designed to support the transition of key community services and business to encourage new knowledge industry organisations towards high-value, Information Communications Technology-dependent growth and innovation.

Residents and businesses can find out more about the Clever Networks Project by visiting