16 October 2015

NBN fast broadband rollout extended to Geelong

Superfast broadband is now on its way to more than 58,000 homes and businesses in Corangamite under an accelerated three-year rollout of the nbn.

This figure does not include around 7,500 premises which will receive fixed wireless NBN across the region.

Federal Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson hailed the announcement today as fantastic news for Corangamite.

“After my continued strong advocacy on behalf of local residents, the rollout has been extended to cover Geelong. This is a great result which will see now see Victoria’s largest regional city connected to superfast broadband,” said Ms Henderson.

“This is in contrast to the former Labor Government which completely left Geelong’s southern suburbs off its three year rollout as well as important centres such as Colac.”

“Superfast broadband is so important to our city’s aspirations as a national centre of innovation, underpinned by our strengths in science, research, education, administration and advanced manufacturing. With our government’s strong focus on growing smart jobs and the digital economy, this investment will open up a whole new world of new opportunities.”

The new rollout plan, which extends out to September 2018, provides a breakdown of when the network will be starting in specific locations and the type of technology that will be used.

Across Corangamite and the Geelong regions, thousands of residents will benefit from broadband upgrades in the following areas:

Corangamite 58,800 premises
Mar-2016 Bannockburn (1,500 premises)
Q1-2017 Belmont, Connewarre, Grovedale, Highton, Marshall, Mount Duneed, Wandana Heights, Waurn Ponds (21,500)
Mar-2016 Winchelsea (700)
Nov-2015 Jan Juc, Torquay (8,300)
Q2-2016 Apollo Bay, Marengo (1,900)
Q2-2016 Lorne (2,000)
Mar-2016 Colac, Colac East, Colac West, Elliminyt (5,500)
Dec-2015 Barwon Heads, Breamlea, Mannerim, Marcus Hill, Ocean Grove, Point Lonsdale, Queenscliff (12,800)
Feb-2016 Aireys Inlet, Anglesea, Fairhaven (4,600)

Corio electorate 67,200 premises
Q3-2016 Leopold, Moolap, Newcomb, St Albans Park, Whittington (11,100)
Nov-2015 Clifton Springs, Curlewis, Drysdale, Indented Head, Portarlington, St Leonards (12,800)
Q3-2016 Bell Park, Bell Post Hill, Breakwater, Drumcondra, East Geelong, Geelong, Geelong West, Hamlyn Heights, Herne Hill,
Manifold Heights, Newtown, North Geelong, South Geelong, Thomson (28,000)
Q3-2016 Avalon, Corio, Lara, Lovely Banks, Norlane, North Shore (16,300)

The fixed wireless rollout is as follows:
Corangamite/Corio
Sep-2015 Barwon Downs, Beeac, Beech Forest, Birregurra, Colac, Cressy East, Deans Marsh, Forrest, Gellibrand, Warncoort West, Warrion Hill (2,310)
H1-2017 Winchelsea (260)
Q1-2017 Apollo Bay, Skenes Creek (310)
Q1-2017 Bellbrae, Ceres, Drysdale, Gherang, Leopold, Marcus Hill, Moolap, Moriac, Mt Duneed, Mt Duneed North, Torquay East, Wallington (2,030)
Q1-2017 Batesford, Bell Post Hill, Gnarwarre, Inverleigh, Lara, Lethbridge, Little River, Little River South, Lovely Banks, Meredith, Mt Cottrell, Teesdale, Werribee (2,620)

In addition, fixed wireless is active in Cape Clear, Dereel, Linton, Rokewood, Ross Creek and Smythesdale.

The release of the plan today is a significant step forward for the nbn as the company works to speed up the rollout and make the build as cost-efficient as possible. The Coalition Government understands that internet access is important for our community and will transform education, health care and other critical online services.

Rollout progress under Labor was slow and costly. The nbn only managed to connect 51,000 premises to its networks during the previous term of Government.

In contrast, the Coalition Government recognises that consumers want fast broadband as soon as possible. Services over the nbn will allow families to stream movies, surf the web, and complete schoolwork online. Businesses will also benefit from the higher bandwidth available.

The plan demonstrates the Coalition’s commitment to rural and regional Australia in closing the digital divide.

Nationwide, more than 1.3 million homes and businesses can now order an nbn service and there are almost 700,000 homes and business under construction. Around 600,000 premises already have an active connection and are enjoying the benefits of very fast broadband. nbn is working to provide fast internet to every home and business in Australia by 2020.

15 October 2015