Over 3,000 households and businesses in Geraldton are a step closer to getting access to the National Broadband Network, with build preparation work now underway.
In coming weeks, work will be visible in streets as pre-construction activity begins, such as the clearing of Telstra’s pits and ducts.
Premises included in the build preparations sites released today are situated in the suburbs of Drummond Cove, Glenfield, Moresby, Sunset Beach, and Waggrakine.
The NBN will update its online maps in coming months to inform residents when physical construction of the network has begun, and when the network will be ready for service.
Detailed maps which show construction progress including green shaded areas for the ‘build preparation’ phase are available at: www.nbnco.com.au/maps
Member for Durack Melissa Price said it was an important milestone for the area, with the NBN on track to be completed in Geraldton.
“The message for Geraldton residents is clear – superfast broadband is on its way,” Ms Price said.
“This follows the announcement of the black spot new and upgraded base stations throughout Geraldton and Durack.
“However, I’m never satisfied, so if you have a black spot area, please let me know.”
Under the Coalition Government, NBN Co has more than tripled the reach of its fibre network, now passing more than 909,000 premises nationwide.
Total active connections to the NBN’s various networks, including the fixed line and wireless networks and the interim satellite service now stand at 498,000.
And late last year NBN Co released a national rollout plan indicating that by mid-2016 one in every three homes and businesses across Australia will be able to connect to the NBN or have construction underway in their neighbourhoods.
Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull the announcement of NBN Co’s new construction schedule was delivering on the Government’s promise to get the NBN rollout back on track.
“When we came into Government, one of our chief priorities has been to get this rollout done sooner, cheaper for taxpayers and more affordably for consumers” Mr Turnbull said.