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Cyclone Debbie Telstra assistance package announced

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Posted on March 29, 2017

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*This post has been updated to reflect changes to areas covered by the assistance package.

Telstra today announced an assistance package for its residential and small business customers in Northern Queensland who have lost services or have been evacuated due to Cyclone Debbie.

Telstra Area General Manager Rachel Cliffe said Cyclone Debbie has caused widespread damage and has impacted some Telstra services.

“Telstra has a number of additional resources in the area and ready to use as soon as the cyclones passes, and the emergency services advise our teams that it is safe to enter the affected areas,” said Ms Cliffe

“We understand this is a terrible time for anyone who has been affected by the cyclone and hopefully this package will help people as they work through this time.”

Customers are encouraged to call Telstra on 132 203 (then enter their full home phone including area code when prompted) to report a fault and register for the assistance package if they have had to evacuate their home or have lost their home.

Areas covered by Telstra’s Disaster Relief Package:

AIRLIE BEACH, AIRVILLE, ARKENDEITH, AYR, BLOOMSBURY, BRANDON, BRIABA, BOWEN, CONWAY, DALBEG, GUMLU, CANNON VALLEY, CLAREDALE, DELTA, COLLINSVILLE, DINGOBEACH, GIRU, HOME HILL, INKERMAN, JARVISFIELD, KELSEY CREEK, LETHEBROOK, LEICHHARDT RANGE, MIDGE POINT, MILLAROO, MONA PARK, NORTH GREGORY, PROSERPINE, QUEENS BEACH, SHUTE HARBOUR, WAGOORA, WATERSON, WUNJUNGA, YAKAPARI, WALKERSTON, TE KOWAI, SLADE POINT, SEAFORTH, SEPTIMUS, ROSELLA, PAGET, NORTH MACKAY, MIRANI, KUTTABUL, HOMEBUSH, GARGETT, FINCH HATTON, FARLEIGH, ETON, EIMEO, DALRYMPLE HEIGHTS, BUCASIA, ALICE RIVER, ALLIGATOR CREEK, BINGEGANG, CARMILA, CAMPWIN BEACH, CLAIRVIEW, CONNORS RANGE, COLSTON PARK, COPPABELLA, DYSART, GLENDEN, HAY POINT, KOUMALA, MICLERE, MIDDLEMOUNT, MORANBAH, MOUNT COOLON, MUNBURA, NEBO, SARINA, SHINFIELD, THE CHASE

Telstra’s relief packages can include the following:

Short term measures (for Telstra customers who have a short term impact – temporary evacuation of premises or temporary fault):

  • Free use of Telstra public payphones in the affected area
  • Free call diversion from an affected fixed home or business phone service to another fixed or mobile service of the customer’s choice, regardless of the carrier
  • Customers who use the free call diversion to divert their affected fixed home or business phone to their Telstra mobile service, can also make local and STD® calls on their mobile at fixed line rates, in accordance with their selected plan (limited to one designated Telstra mobile per affected household or business).

The above offers are applicable until network damage in the area due to the cyclone is repaired, or while customers remain evacuated, for a maximum period of three months from the date of the cyclone.

Affected Telstra mobile customers who do not have a Telstra home phone can receive a one-off credit to the value of $100 inc. GST (limited to one mobile phone per Telstra mobile account).

Long term measures (for Telstra customers who have suffered severe damage to or loss of their premises):

Fixed services

  • Cancellation of a Telstra fixed phone service at the affected address, with number reservation for up to 12 months from the date of the cyclone; or
  • Free call diversion from the customer’s Telstra fixed phone service to another Australian fixed or mobile service of their choice, regardless of the carrier. This offer is applicable for a maximum period of 6 months from the date of the cyclone.
  • Customers who use the free call diversion service to divert their affected Telstra fixed phone service to their Telstra mobile service, can also make local and STD® calls from that mobile service at fixed line rates, in accordance with their selected HomeLine® or BusinessLine® plan (limited to one designated Telstra mobile diversion per affected Telstra fixed phone account).
  • In addition, Telstra will apply a one off credit to the value of $500 inc. GST to the customer’s Telstra fixed phone account to help cover the costs of the following, if required:
  • Connection of a Telstra fixed phone service at one temporary residence
  • Re-connection of a Telstra fixed phone service at the customer’s original permanent premises
  • Number reservation
  • Additional call charges.

BigPond® services

  • For Telstra residential and small business customers who do not wish to retain their BigPond service at an affected address:
    • Disconnection of the affected BigPond service without the requirement to pay any applicable early termination charges or fees, as well as an email address reservation for up to 12 months from the date of the cyclone.
    • Connection of a BigPond service at an alternate residential or business address without any connection charges within a 12 month period beginning from the date of the the cyclone.
  • For Telstra residential and small business customers who wish to retain their BigPond service at a temporary alternate address, Telstra will apply a one off credit to the value of $110 inc. GST to the customer’s account to help cover the costs of the following:
    • Move of a BigPond service to a temporary alternate address
    • Move of a BigPond service back to the customer’s original address.
  • For existing Telstra Mobile Broadband residential and small business customers – free replacement of the modem or USB device if required.

Affected customers should call Telstra on 132 203 (then enter their full home phone including area code when prompted) to report a fault on their services and/ or to register for the assistance package offers.