NBN inquiry to visit Ballarat and Melbourne

The House of Representatives Infrastructure and Communications Committee is conducting an inquiry into the role and potential of the National Broadband Network (NBN). The Committee will conduct public hearings this week in Ballarat (Thursday 17 March) and Melbourne (Friday 18 March).

“The NBN will have an impact on almost every sector of our society, so the committee is looking forward to consulting with a wide range of organisations during our two days in Victoria”, said the Chair Sharon Bird (Member for Cunningham) today.

“Ballarat has a particularly strong ICT sector for a city of its size and in Melbourne we will be talking with some of the nation’s leading universities and non‐for‐profit organisations” she added.

The hearing programs are as follows:

THURSDAY 17 MARCH ‐ BALLARAT (Trench Room, Ballarat Town Hall)

10.00 am - Ballarat City Council

10.30 am - University of Ballarat ‐ Centre for eCommerce and Communications

11.00 am - Ballarat ICT Ltd

11.30 am - Grampians Rural Health Alliance

12.00 pm - Lateral Plains Pty Ltd

FRIDAY 18 MARCH ‐ MELBOURNE (Room G.6, 55 St Andrews Place)

9:00 am - Open Universities Australia

9:45 am - Monash University

10:45 am - Institute for a Broadband Enabled Society

11:30 am - Communications, Electrical and Plumbing Union

1:15 pm - Siemens Ltd

2:00 pm - The Alannah and Madeline Foundation

2:45 pm - Australian Federation of Disability Organisations

This hearing will be webcast live (audio only) on: http://webcast.aph.gov.au/livebroadcasting/

The Committee has received around 200 written submissions to date, and late submissions are still being accepted. Previous public hearings have been held in Hobart, Launceston and Canberra.

Further details about the inquiry, including copies of submissions received to date and transcripts of previous hearings as they become available, can be obtained from the Committee’s website.