Independent Member for Indi, Cathy McGowan AO, said the NBN rollout continues across Indi, bringing benefits to businesses and residents. NBN in Yackandandah and Myrtleford turned on last Friday and joins Thornton South, Acheron, Taggerty North servicing Alexandra surrounds and Rennie’s Hill servicing Eildon surrounds being switched on to fixed wireless NBN.
The first NBN pits to service Wangaratta through fixed line were dug last month and completion is expected by the end of 2016. This will provide NBN to about 9800 premises in Wangaratta and Waldara. Everton, Glenrowan, Glenrowan North, Milawa, Moyhu, Oxley, Springhurst, Peechelba, and some outskirts of Wangaratta are now being serviced by the fixed wireless network. Construction of fixed line in Wodonga is due to start shortly and will provide access to the NBN for more than 21,000 premises.
Other areas including central Alexandra, Eildon, Yea and Kinglake will get fixed line. Construction is expected to start in the next 18 months, and fixed wireless will deliver internet to Flowerdale and surrounds, Kinglake surrounds, Goughs Bay, and Buxton.
“The opportunities delivered by the NBN will be enormous for businesses and productivity, will allow easier access for online study, and patientcare through telehealth,” Ms McGowan said. “I’m looking forward to the products yet to be developed because of NBN that will help grow our economy.”
Fixed line NBN and fixed wireless NBN will continue rolling out in the next few years and service about 66,000 premises in Indi.
“The Long-Term Satellite Service is due to start delivering from April and this will bring faster internet to more than 4,000 rural premises,” Ms McGowan said.
Ms McGowan will continue to deliver on her election commitment to work with the Government to solve the telecommunications problems in Indi.
“I will keep representing the people of Indi’s needs to Government as this infrastructure program rolls out,” she said.