Better internet connection scheduled for Fairfax, says Senator McGrath

Good news is rolling in for residents of the central Sunshine Coast, with work scheduled to start next year to connect around 20,000 homes in the Fairfax Electorate to the NBN.

Sunshine Coast-based senator James McGrath said the improved internet services would be a great boost for businesses, service providers and home users around the area.

“The NBN will deliver Internet access that’s fast, reliable and affordable,” Senator McGrath said.

“Better broadband will transform the way homes and businesses communicate, do business and access online services.”

The news comes as the NBN Co released a quarterly national rollout plan to December 2016, which includes suburbs in Fairfax, where the fixed-line build will commence.

Around 9200 homes in Nambour, Coes Creek, Highworth, Parklands, Rosemount, Towen Mountain and Woombye can expect to see connection work start in their suburbs in the second half of 2016.

Around 11,600 homes in Coolum Beach, Marcus Beach, Mount Coolum, Peregian Beach, Peregian Springs, Point Arkwright, Yandina Creek and Yaroomba can expect to see connection work start in their suburbs in the second half of 2016.

It follows the news that around 14,800 homes in Palmwoods, Forest Glen, Mons, Kunda Park, Sippy Downs, Tanawha would see connection work start in early 2016.

In terms of premises passed by the NBN Co’s networks, the NBN Co now reaches 1.15 million premises across all access technologies, up from 345,000 as at the election.

In terms of active customers, the NBN Co now has 395,000 premises connected to its fixed line network (up from 47,000 as at the election) and 46,500 premises connected to its fixed wireless network (up from 2,000 as at the election).

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the progress of the NBN to date shows that the Government’s reforms of the NBN project have ensured the rollout will be completed sooner, cheaper for taxpayers and more affordably for consumers.

“I have said before that this is the most exciting time in human history to be alive because of all the opportunities created by the digital revolution,” Mr Turnbull said. 

“The arrival of the NBN will mean that those opportunities will be extended to all Australians, regardless of where they live”.

NBN Co provides monthly updates on its website showing areas that have reached build preparation, build commencement and that are ready for service.  Residents can check their suburb at www.nbnco.com.au/rolloutplan