Price announces NBN rollout in the Kimberley
June 30, 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 2016.
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 area.
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 Aitken said.
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