Further NBN construction comes to the Illawarra

25 January 2013

Federal Member for Cunningham, Sharon Bird and Federal Member for Throsby, Stephen Jones today welcomed the release of detailed maps by NBN Co, showing where construction of the National Broadband Network (NBN) will start in Corrimal, East Corrimal, Bellambi, Tarrawanna, Russell Vale and Horsley.

“These projects are really exciting for local families and business in Illawarra, Sharon Bird,” said. “In around 12 months’ time, people in Corrimal, Bellambi, Tarrawanna Russell Vale and Horsley will be able to start connecting to the National Broadband Network.

“The map shows that NBN fibre is currently being rolled out in the Illawarra, which will allow more residents access to faster, affordable and more reliable broadband.”

The map is another sign that construction of the National Broadband Network is continuing to accelerate, with work now having commenced or been completed to over 784,000 homes and businesses across Australia.

“Work is starting in these areas and over the next few months, we’ll start to see NBN Co workers all over the region doing the detailed planning and inspection work, and then rolling out the fibre”, said Mr Jones.

“Within around twelve months, construction of the NBN in Corrimal, Bellambi, Tarrawanna, Russell Vale and Horsley will be completed – as will the suburbs where construction has already started, such as Wollongong and Dapto.

“This means that families and businesses will be able to connect to faster, more reliable broadband services.”

A standard NBN connection to the home or office is free – and NBN retail services are available for similar prices to what people are paying now, but for a much superior service.

“The National Broadband Network is about preparing Australia for the future. It’s about ensuring that our local communities are not left behind as the world and our local economy changes”, said Ms Bird.

“From seeing your local doctor from home, to your kids being able to take a specialist class at another school – the NBN will change the way we live, work, and access services. It will lead to a new wave of innovation, and I’m delighted that people in the Illawarra will be among the first to benefit.

For more information on when the NBN is coming to your area, you can go to www.nbnco.com.au/rollout and type in your address.