Labor’s Stephen Jones and Sharon Bird will meet local Illawarra businesses this week to hear their views and concerns about the Turnbull Government’s National Broadband Network.

The meeting comes as new figures reveal the NBN is costing New South Wales small businesses an average of $9,000 through delays, disruptions and loss of sales.

New figures show 43 per cent of the 850 businesses surveyed by the NSW Business Chamber reported being dissatisfied with their service. A figure nearly three times greater than the 15 per cent dissatisfaction rate claimed by the Turnbull Government.

Labor’s Shadow Minister for Regional Communications and Federal Member for Whitlam, Stephen Jones MP, said it was important for local businesses to have their say and share their experiences with the NBN.

“Labor understands small business needs fast, reliable broadband to run their business. It’s important we understand first-hand the experiences of local businesses in regional Australia.”

Federal Member for Cunningham, the Hon Sharon Bird MP, said her office was constantly dealing with complaints from local businesses about their internet services.

“We welcome local business input. Labor is very concerned about the effects of the second-rate NBN foisted on regional areas by Malcolm Turnbull and it’s important we hear from Illawarra business directly.”

The event will be held in conjunction with the Illawarra Business Chamber.