ROBERT McCLELLAND MP
Member for Barton
DARYL MELHAM MP
Member for Banks
Local MPs Robert McClelland and Daryl Melham today welcomed the announcement by the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard MP, and the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, that 70,300 homes and businesses in and around Barton and Banks will have access to National Broadband Network (NBN) fibre services under NBN Co’s first three year fibre rollout plan.
Local areas that will gain access to the NBN include Alexandria, Arncliffe, Banksia, Bardwell Park, Bardwell Valley, Belmore, Beverly Hills, Brighton-le-Sands, Campsie, Canterbury, Clemton Park, Earlwood, Eastlakes, Kyeemagh, Lakemba, Lugarno, Mascot, Narwee, Peakhurst, Peakhurst Heights, Punchbowl, Riverwood, Rockdale, Rosebery, Roselands, Turrella, Wiley Park and Wolli Creek.
Under the three year rollout plan, construction of the fibre network in these areas will begin progressively between 1 April 2012 and 30 June 2015.
“The NBN rollout is ramping up and is about to go into high gear,” said Mr Melham.
“In the next three years, 70,300 homes and businesses locally will be on the way to having access to fast, reliable broadband through the NBN’s fibre network” he stated.
The NBN will connect 93 per cent of homes and businesses around Australia to high-speed fibre broadband, capable of speeds of up to one gigabit per second. Seven per cent will have access to high-speed fixed-wireless or next-generation satellite technologies providing peak speeds of 12 megabits per second.
Mr McClelland said “The NBN is about more than just faster broadband. This is about supporting businesses
around Australia to connect to new markets and find new, better ways of doing things to make their businesses more productive and more profitable.
“It’s about families
getting online to access health and aged care services, it’s about people who need government services being able to access those online, and it’s about our kids getting access to world class education services, for example by being able to take a class at another school via the NBN,” Mr McClelland said.
Mr Melham said “The NBN will drive a new wave of digital innovation – changing the way Australians live, do business, receive services and connect with the world. The NBN is just the platform – the really exciting part is the new possibilities it opens up.”
NBN Co, the company building and operating the NBN, released its first 12 month rollout schedule in October 2011. That schedule, updated for the first time in February 2012, will be updated quarterly. The three year rollout plan will be updated each year.
There is an interactive searchable map on the NBN Co website. Visit www.nbnco.com.au/rollout/ and enter your address to see details for the NBN coming to
Contact: Deborah May (Melham) 02 9774 2111
Ella Barnett (McClelland) 02 9553 4111