21 July 2015

NBN goes ‘green’ in Barwon Heads

Around 2800 households and businesses in Barwon Heads and 13th Beach are a step closer to getting access to the National Broadband Network, with build preparation work now underway.

In coming weeks, work will be visible in streets as pre-construction activity begins, such as the clearing of Telstra’s pits and ducts.

The NBN will update its online maps in coming months to inform residents when physical construction of the network has begun, and when the network will be ready for service.

Detailed maps which show construction progress including green shaded areas for the ‘build preparation’ phase are available at: www.nbnco.com.au/maps

Federal Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson said it was an important milestone for the area, with greater certainty for homes as businesses as they prepare for superfast broadband.

“The message for Barwon Heads and 13th Beach residents is clear – superfast broadband is on its way,” Ms Henderson said.

“NBN fixed line pre-construction will also be underway in coming months in Ocean Grove, Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale. Pre-construction has begun in Torquay and Jan Juc. Next year, In addition, planning is underway for fixed wireless towers to service Deans Marsh, Gnarwarre, Bellbrae, Gherang, Moriac, Torquay East, Marcus Hill and Wallington.

(See https://sarahhenderson.com.au/2015/07/02/nbn-rollout-schedule-updated-for-corangamite/ for latest rollout which does not include the latest fixed wireless rollout announced here: https://sarahhenderson.com.au/2015/07/14/geelong-and-corangamite-locations-added-to-fixed-wireless-nbn-planning/)

Under the Coalition Government, NBN Co has more than tripled the reach of its fixed line network, now passing more than 909,000 premises nationwide.

Total active connections to the NBN’s various networks, including the fixed line and wireless networks and the interim satellite service now stand at 498,000. And late last year NBN Co released a national rollout plan indicating that by mid-2016 one in every three homes and businesses across Australia will be able to connect to the NBN or have construction underway in their neighbourhoods.

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull the announcement of NBN Co’s new construction schedule was delivering on the Government’s promise to get the NBN rollout back on track.

“When we came into Government, one of our chief priorities has been to get this rollout done sooner, cheaper for taxpayers and more affordably for consumers,” Mr Turnbull said.

21 July 2015