About this site:
This site is for the people of Mungallala to become part of the journey towards a future where kids can grow, learn, live, go to University, and eventually have a reason to come back and keep the village alive. It iis also for those looking for somewhere to stop overnight or for a few days and sample the real outback and the sort of welcome normally kept for locals.
Technolgy in the Bush:
Currently, the situation is that Bigpond allow 15 Gb per month pert account, which is patently stupid when folks are trying to raise kids and getting them through high school as well as primary and preschool. They don’t appear to support any other organisations from going in there with satellite services. With such a paucity of access to technology, how can we expect kids to come back and raise families if there is no way for them to participate in the developing world of technology?
NBN via their partners are currently putting out applications for Long Term Satellite Service (LTSS). This has a number of options but there are 8 distributors. You can find out if you are qualified here and make an application.
It may not be perfect, but my view is now, and will remain, that we got a bad deal with the current “broadband” access, that has Australia sitting 60th on a list of in-country internet speeds.
Country towns in Australia are faced with a challenge, that only their residents can decide if they are up for.
The challenge in the case of Mungallala, firstly, is to be put back on the Maranoa map in terms of sign-posting for travellers heading west from Roma. Once a driver leaves Roma, there are no signs saying how far to Mungallala, only Mitchell, Morven and Charleville. What happened to Mungallala? The fact that there is no fuel or shop, shouldn’t stop travellers from knowing it is there.
In fact there is free camping and facilities (not advertised), there is a pub that offers accommodation and a camping area, there is a library and whilst not full of things to do, there are reasons for someone to stop and sit awhile..
Maranoa council as is well known have a local region newsletter called Bottle Tree News which can be found here. It includes what’s going on in the various parts of the region with writers seemingly located all over the Maranoa.
There is also a business listing available now at MyMaranoa which may be a good way to find businesses a little more local without having to run down to Toowoomba or Brisbane.
If you are aware of any businesses we can list on Mungallala.Net how about giving us a yell as well and suggesting they get into MyMaranoa as well.