19 May 2017

NBN broadband rollout now under construction in Grovedale and Marshall

I am delighted to announce that 2,332 premises and businesses in parts of Grovedale (eastern section) and Marshall will soon have access to faster and more reliable internet access, with construction of the National Broadband Network now underway. 

Today I joined an NBN construction team in Barwarre Rd Marshall for the assembly of the first fixed line node in the suburb.  

A further 23,927 premises in Belmont, Highton, the remaining parts of Grovedale, Wandana Heights and Waurn Ponds are also a step closer with construction to begin over the coming months.  Services are expected to be active over the summer months with the last premise scheduled to have an active service by March 2018. 

While it is disappointing that construction did not commence in these suburbs in the first quarter of 2017 in accordance with NBN Co’s original three year rollout plan, I am delighted that we are now underway. 

The message for everyone living in the 3216 postcode is clear – superfast broadband is on its way.   

Marshall is one of the worst areas for internet connectivity in Geelong so it’s wonderful that Marshall is the first cab off the rank. 

Geelong residents living in the 3216 postcode might recall how they were left off the three year rollout plan under the previous Labor government.  I fought very hard to ensure southern Geelong was included in our three year plan.  I also advocated to reverse an earlier plan to rollout the NBN using HFC cable when it became clear that NBN Co was not able to quickly acquire that cable from its owner, TPG.   

As fixed line NBN construction commences over the coming months in Belmont, Highton, Grovedale, Marshall, Wandana Heights and Waurn Ponds, residents and businesses will be able to sign up to a NBN plan with their chosen retail service provider and will receive a new modem to enable high-speed broadband.  A range of plans with various download quotas and speed tiers are available to suit consumer and business needs. 

The NBN will open up a range of exciting new opportunities for businesses, students and families.  

Over 52,000 premises and businesses are now NBN service ready in Corangamite with 19,794 premises and businesses already active.  Many towns are already connected to the NBN – such as Anglesea, Apollo Bay, Barwon Heads, Bannockburn, Colac, Lorne, Point Lonsdale, Queenscliff, Torquay, Ocean Grove and Winchelsea.  

A total of 6,128 premises can receive an NBN fixed wireless service in Barongarook, Birregurra, Beeac, Beech Forest, Cororooke, Cape Clear, the outskirts of Colac, Cressy East, Dereel, Forrest, Gellibrand, Linton, Rokewood, Ross Creek, Smythesdale, Swan Marsh, Warncoort West, and Warrion Hill. 

Mt Duneed, Moriac and Ceres residents are expected to receive an active fixed wireless service in August 2017.  Fixed wireless is scheduled to be active in Inverleigh and Gnarwarre in November 2017, and in Winchelsea, Batesford, Teesdale, Lethbridge and Meredith in December 2017.  Fixed wireless services in Apollo Bay (outskirts), Lavers Hill, Barwon Downs and Bellbrae are expected to be active in the first half of 2018. 

In Corio, NBN is already active in Clifton Springs, Drysdale, Indented Head, Portarlington, St Leonards, Leopold and parts of Lara.  Over 1,000 premises and businesses in the Geelong CBD will be ready for service later this month. Services in parts of Geelong, East Geelong, South Geelong, Newtown, Geelong West, Herne Hill, Hamlyn Heights, Manifold Heights, Bell Park, Bell Post Hill, Breakwater, parts of Corio, Norlane and North Geelong are expected to be NBN ready from mid 2018. 

Homes and businesses in the 3216 postcode will be connected to the NBN using fibre to the node (FTTN) technology. FTTN offers average wholesale broadband speeds of around 70 megabits per second (Mbps), with many premises able to access speeds of up to 100 Mbps.  NBN will ensure that at least 90 per cent of the fixed-line footprint will have access to wholesale download speeds of 50 Mbps – allowing at least 10 home devices to connect to the internet simultaneously. 

The Turnbull Coalition Government is rolling out high-speed broadband across Australia in the fastest and most affordable way, with every home and business in Australia to be able to connect to the NBN by 2020.  Today, more than 4.7 million homes and businesses across Australia can connect to the NBN and there are more than 2.1 million active users.  

More information on how to connect to the NBN and to check your address is available at www.nbnco.com.au 

18 May 2017