Huge Attendance at Centenary Subrubs NBN Crisis Meeting

30 August 2017

Last night almost 300 local residents packed the Jindalee Bowls Club for the Centenary Suburbs NBN Crisis Meeting.

The event received overwhelming support from the local community with another 200 letters received from residents who reported conerns with the NBN but were unable to attend.

Joined by Shadow Minister for Regional Services Stephen Jones MP and State Candidate for the seat of Mt Ommaney Jess Pugh, the capacity crowd shared their frustrations from the failed NBN rollout.

Local Federal Member Milton Dick MP said almost 2,000 complaints had been received by residents in the past 12 months.

“It is absolutely clear from the feedback tonight that the NBN rollout has reached crisis point for our community” said Mr Dick.

“Tonight we heard horror stories from residents who have had to buy and install their own cabling just so they can have a reliable connection.

“This is simply unacceptable from NBN Co. and shows just how the rollout has failed residents.”

Residents took to the floor to ask questions to the NBN Co. representatives who attended and shared their dismay as what some called a ‘nightmare story’.

Mr Dick said his office received daily calls from residents who were being bounced between the NBN Co. and Retail Service Providers.

“Local residents are sick and tired of being caught in the blame game between phone companies and the NBN.

“They are fed up with excuses and just want answers.”

State Candidate for Mt Ommaney Jess Pugh said it was one of the top issues raised with her by members of the community.

“It’s so important that residents have a reliable internet connection in this digital age.

“More and more parents are telling me how this is affecting school studies for their children.

“Residents in the Centenary Suburbs deserve so much better and I’ll be working closely with Milton to see this happen.”

Australia is now ranked 56th in the world for internet speeds behind counties such as New Zealand, Kenya and Romania.