Commonwealth continues support for high speed broadband in Illawarra region with $1.25 million in funding

15 December 2011

The Federal Illawarra Labor MPs, Sharon Bird and Stephen Jones, today welcomed the announcement of Kiama Council’s success in funding under the first round of programs to enable local communities to take advantage of the National Broadband Network (NBN).

The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, has announced that Kiama Council has been successful in the first round of funding under the Commonwealth Government’s Digital Hub and Digital Local Government Program. Kiama Community College has been successful in funding under the Digital Enterprise programs.

The Commonwealth Government’s funding of the three projects combined is up to $1.25 million.

“This is good news for the Illawarra and shows the Commonwealth’s consistent, strong support for the roll-out of high-speed broadband in this region.

“Unfortunately, the position of the Liberal-National Party is to continue to oppose the NBN”, Ms Bird said.

Mr Jones said, “The investment that this region has made in putting the case that the NBN should be rolled-out among the first mainland sites has paid off.

“We will see the NBN roll-out in Wollongong and Dapto next year as was announced by the Prime Minister in October.”