The Member for Forrest Nola Marino was joined by Senator Linda Reynolds on Friday to celebrate the switching on of the final NBN node in central Bunbury, and to update the community on the NBN roll out in the South West.
The Bunbury town centre can now service around 2,200 premises with fibre to the node technology, and joins around 24,000 premises in the Greater Bunbury area that now have the same access.
“The Greater Bunbury region will soon see a total of 32,300 premises accessing the NBN via fixed line technology” Mrs Marino said. “Of the sixty two thousand or so premises on the NBN roll out plan for the entire electorate there are currently some thirty five thousand premises in Forrest that have access to the NBN, of which close to ten thousand have taken up an NBN service.
“Over the last weekend NBN services were also switched on in Myalup and Binningup, and the first part of Collie” Mrs Marino said. “In addition the NBN roll out continues in the Busselton area, where some 1800 premises are now able to connect.”
Senator Reynolds said that the South West was well advanced in the NBN roll out compared to other areas, and she was pleased to see that such an innovative and creative hub had been prioritised highly by the Coalition Government.
“Across Western Australia over 300,000 premises are able to receive an NBN service via fibre to the node, fixed wireless or satellite” Senator Reynolds said. “Thanks to strong representation from Nola Marino the Forrest electorate is well in front of the average roll out time.”
“Given the great range of creative and IT industries spread across the South West region, I am glad and grateful that the Government has prioritised the roll out here.”
Mrs Marino and Senator Reynolds also congratulated Regional Development Australia South West, Business South West, South West Chambers of Commerce and the South West Development Commission for the appointment of Mike Hendry as an NBN advisor for the region.
Mr Hendry has been tasked with arming South West people and businesses with the best information about NBN options and opportunities, so that they can make the right decisions for them.
“It is great to see the South West embracing this new technology, and to see the community being so well supported in doing so” Mrs Marino said.