NBN delivery continues rapid expansion

Work has started to deliver the NBN to around 16,000 more premises in the Robertson electorate under a revised rollout approach that, according to federal member for Robertson, Ms Lucy Wicks MP will save months in construction time and see the project completed nationwide years sooner and at less cost.

The NBN’s monthly update shows that pre-construction has begun in Avoca Beach, Copacabana, Macmasters Beach, Kincumber, Kincumber South, Picketts Valley, North Avoca and Terrigal. Ms Wicks said the announcement demonstrated the Coalition’s plan to deliver the NBN sooner and at less cost to taxpayers is working. “This is fantastic news for residents and businesses in suburbs such as Avoca Beach and Terrigal, where pre- construction has begun,” Ms Wicks said. “This includes activities like readying pits and pipes ahead of the physical network construction,” Mrs Wicks said. “We were told the NBN would revolutionise connectivity and offer a new range of online services and applications, yet construction had been painfully slow. “Across the Central Coast, we will see the benefi ts of broadband much sooner and services will be much more affordable avoiding the 80 per cent price hikes that were foreshadowed under Labor’s project. “There’s more good news on the way for many more suburbs across the Coast too, as part of NBN’s 18 month rollout, where construction is scheduled to commence up to September 2016. “This rollout plan includes suburbs such as Erina, Kariong, and Somersby. “This is exciting news for these communities. “Far from slowing down, it is very clear that the rollout is ramping up. “I encourage anyone who is seeking more details to contact my offi ce.” Ms Wicks said she has also spoken to the Minister for Communications, Mr Malcolm Turnbull MP regarding reports on the connection to Kibbleplex, in Gosford CBD. “My offi ce has been working with Mrs Wicks, the NBN and Gosford Council to ensure this complex premises can get council approval to do the civil works needed to complete the NBN connection. “I can confi rm that the necessary quotes have now been provided to the NBN and approved, and work to connect the Kibbleplex will start imminently,” Mr Turnbull said.

Media release, 15 June 2015 Tim Sowden, Offi ce of Lucy Wicks MP