TRANSCRIPT - Goulburn nbn rollout
with the Hon. Angus
26 February 2016
E & OE
So it’s great to be here in Goulburn with my good
friend Mitch Fifield, the Minister for Communications amongst other things, who
has of course responsibility for the NBN. And it’s extremely exciting for me
and I know the people of Goulburn that we are moving forward now with the
rollout of the NBN. We’re seeing the green fibre optic cable rolling out
through the streets, new boxes being set up and we are within a short distance
now of having the NBN connected up throughout Goulburn about eleven thousand premises
so this is very, very exciting. This is a town and a region which needs good
communications now, we’ve got lots of people and businesses that have moved out
of Sydney and Canberra that need connection for their jobs and their businesses
and for their families. So it’s extremely important now that we have good
communications, good phone and good internet and that’s exactly what we’re
getting with this NBN rollout due to the great work of Mitch Fifield who I’ll
hand over to now.
It’s great to be here with my good mate Angus Taylor and
also Mayor Geoff Kettle to check out the progress of the rollout of the
National Broadband Network which is just so important to regional areas. The
NBN is on track nationwide about 1.7 million premises can have access to the
NBN, there are about 820,000 people who’ve already connected nationwide. In the
electorate of Hume, ultimately 45,000 people will be able to connect, about
6,000 have that opportunity at the moment and about 1,500 have already done so.
checking on the progress here in Goulburn where about 11,000 premises will have
that opportunity. The NBN under the approach that we’re taking would see
nationwide rollout occur six to eight years earlier than would have been the
case under the approach of our predecessors. So today is good news for this
region. We know that people in the Goulburn and regional Australia are chomping
at the bit to have access to the NBN, to the opportunities that we can deliver
for households. But also importantly the opportunities that we can deliver for
business. And I give credit to Angus Taylor who has been an absolute champion
for this area to get the NBN as soon as it possibly can.
Look I just really, really want to thank the work of the Federal Government,
particularly through Angus. Given that Goulburn was not meant to see NBN until
I think, Angus you’ll correct me if I’m wrong, but later in 2017, going into
2018. What Angus has said is absolutely right, we are a large regional centre
experiencing above average growth, we’ve got many businesses. Many people are
moving here not only from Canberra and Sydney, but also other areas
experiencing the real tree-change a lot of businesses coming here. In fact
we’ve got some strong business investment and hopefully soon to say some strong
Federal Government investment particularly in the areas of digital
transformation which is one of Angus’ new portfolios. So to have the NBN here
and the most modern and up to date communications via the World Wide Web is really,
really good for us.
Angus, so Goulburn I understand is first area in Hume
that will be connected to the NBN is that right?
Well it’s the first area that will have fibre to the
node, we actually have a significant number of connections out in the western
part of my electorate using fixed wireless, using the towers. And the
performance there has been absolutely outstanding, really good feedback we’re
getting from people who had struggled with internet connections for a long,
long time so it’s great to see it now rolling out with fibre. Goulburn is the
first area in the electorate and we were just talking about the northern part of
the electorate getting the rollout starting over the next couple of weeks.
I was just about to ask, so what other areas, from now
will be [Inaudible 1:52]
So the next area that is actually where the rollout is occurring is up
in the northern part of my electorate which is around Picton, Bargo, Tahmoor up
towards Camden and that rollout is getting started as we speak.
And you mentioned eleven thousand households will
benefit from this?
Yeah, 11,000 premises in this area will benefit from
it which is essentially the whole town. Of course there will be other
alternatives around the edge of town but the fibre rollout is occurring in town
around eleven thousand premises.
I suppose business will be the big winners out of
this. How have they responded?
Well I think households and businesses, I mean more
and more people work from home. There is a lot of small business people who
work from home in Goulburn who might travel to Sydney or Canberra or elsewhere
a day or two a week and want to work from home as well. So, a lot of very small
businesses here that really benefit as well as households, and the critical
thing for a regional centre like this, is to attract more people to come and
live and work in such a great region, is to have good communications. These
days without good communications people, will not come here and so this is
absolutely critical for us to get this rollout happening quickly and that’s why
we’ve pushed it so hard.
Obviously being out here with Angus, it’s great to see
a local member really pushing hard for this as Jeff mentioned its coming
earlier than we expected, how great is that?
Its fantastic for the local area, You can understand
that people who live in regional areas want to have the sort of connectivity
which people in metropolitan areas have often taken for granted. So it’s
terrific news. Angus Taylor is a ceaseless advocate. And I find as a Minister,
when Angus asks you to do something, you shouldn’t treat it as a request, you
should treat it as an order. And just say 'yes'
because it will save time.
In terms of regional Australia how important and vital
is the NBN?
It’s really important. It’s one
of the reasons why we’ve been so keen to find a way to roll the NBN out faster
than would otherwise have been the case. And we’re pursuing what’s called a
multi-technology mix which means we choose the technology that will see the NBN
deployed the fastest and at the lowest cost. Communities can only take
advantage of the opportunities of the NBN if everyone has it, and so we want
everybody to have it as soon as is possible.
contact: Justine Sywak | 0448 448 487 | Justine.Sywak@communications.gov.au