NBN inquiry to visit Brisbane and Townsville

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 in Brisbane on Monday 18 April and Townsville on Tuesday 19 April.

“To date the Committee has received more than 40 submissions from Queensland, so we are particularly looking forward to engaging with some of these groups in person”, said the Chair Sharon Bird (Member for Cunningham) today.

“Brisbane is Australia’s third largest city, and with Townsville being a major regional centre and one of the first sites on the mainland to receive NBN fibre, we expect to hear some important evidence from organisations in both cities”, she said.

The hearing programs are as follows:

MONDAY 18 APRIL ‐ BRISBANE (Undumbi Room, Parliament House, Alice Street)

9:00 am - Brisbane City Council 9:40 am - Regional Telecommunications Independent Review Committee

10:35 am - IT Industry Innovation Council

11:15 am - AgForce Queensland 1:00 pm - The Leukaemia Foundation

1:40 pm - Smartnet Pty Ltd

2:20 pm - The Australian Computer Society

TUESDAY 19 APRIL ‐ TOWNSVILLE (Pandora Room, Holiday Inn, 334 Flinders Mall)

9:00 am - James Cook University

9:30 am - Townsville City Council 10:15 am - North  Queensland Telecom

10:45 am - North QLD Small Business Development Centre 11:30 am - RDA Townsville and North West Queensland

12:00 pm - Cassowary Coast Regional Council

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