13 September 2017

Approval of Bellbrae NBN fixed wireless facility a big win for 4,000 residents

I welcome the decision last night by Surf Coast Shire to approve the planning permit for the NBN fixed wireless facility in Bellbrae.

This is a terrific win for 4,000 residents across Bellbrae, Gherang, Moriac, Mt Duneed and North Torquay who can now expect to receive fixed wireless NBN broadband in the second half of 2018.

I am delighted that common sense has prevailed.  The Bellbrae fixed wireless facility will serve as a “connection gateway” to other fixed wireless facilities in Gherang, Moriac, Mt Duneed and North Torquay.  

The decision on 22 August 2017 by some councillors, including former Labor candidate Libby Coker, to block this fixed wireless facility was a terrible blow to the community.  

If council had continued to prevent NBN Co from constructing this facility, NBN fixed wireless could have been delayed by up to 18 – 24 months.

For several years, I have worked closely with West Bellbrae residents (known as the Committee for Equitable Telecommunications Access in Bellbrae or CETAB), advocating for better communications.  

CETAB proposed an alternate fixed wireless location which reached 344 premises in Bellbrae, around 100 homes less than NBN Co’s solution. 

Improving communications infrastructure is vital.  That’s why the Turnbull government has, to date, delivered NBN to 52,000 premises in Corangamite and funded 18 new mobile base stations including in Bellbrae.

13 September 2017