Price announced NBN rollout in the Kimberley
June 16, 2017
Federal Member for Durack Melissa Price has today
announced that the construction work will begin in a few weeks to connect 7,600
homes and businesses in Broome and surrounding area, with work already underway
to connect another 4,000 premises in Kununurra and Derby.
Crews will be on the ground, checking pits and
pipes, laying the fibre backbone to the Network and installing node cabinets
throughout the area, with people expected to be able to make the switch from
late this year to early next year.
Many in the Kimberley are already eligible to
access the Sky Muster satellite service, which has been operational since April
Member for Durack Melissa Price said it was great
news for the Kimberley, as one of the biggest headaches with running a business
in the Kimberley can be the lack of internet connection, or connectivity speed.
“I’ve heard it time and time again, that businesses
just cannot compete on an even footing up here because of the lack of fast and
reliable internet” Ms Price said.
“Reliable and fast internet has such a large
influence on life up here, because so many services now are delivered online,
that internet access is no longer a negotiable – it’s a must.
“We’re using the internet to do more things than we
ever have before, like working from home, running businesses, studying online,
shopping online and paying the bills.
“This terrific news for Broome and the surrounding
areas as it means the entire community will be fully connected to the NBN
network once construction on the infrastructure is complete.”
A recent study commissioned by NBN shows
Australians are expected to spend an extra 22 days on their home internet this
year when compared to 2014, with regional people accounting for the biggest
increase in usage spending 1.7 hours more on their home internet per week day.
During the planning and design phase, NBN along
with the delivery partner in the regional WHBO worked with Yawuru the
traditional owners of Broome to understand the cultural heritage values of the
NBN Spokesperson for WA Ebony Aitken said last
month Yawuru hosted a smoking ceremony and welcome to country to mark the start
of the rollout, which was an incredible experience for the workforce who will
be involved in the build.
“The rollout has also created employment
opportunities with a Cultural Liaison Officer set to work with our delivery
partner to assist NBN to be more culturally aware during construction” Mrs
For general project enquiries, please contact the
NBN customer service team on 1800 OUR NBN (1800 687 626). More information on
the NBN network can be by visiting www.nbnco.com.au