Chesters puts support behind NBN advocacy group

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, welcomes iLoddon Mallee to Parliament today and supports their call for the region to be reinstated onto the NBN rollout list.

Ms Chesters said uncertainty still remains about the state of communications infrastructure in the region.

“There is still no rollout schedule for bigger centres including Bendigo after the Abbott Government ripped up the former Labor Government’s roll-out plan.

“The uncertainty of the current government on the NBN has meant any developments of the NBN or ADSL have ceased and left many people without basic communications infrastructure around central Victoria.

“My office deals weekly with complaints from members of the community regarding lack of internet connection or mobile reception.

“It’s just not good enough that central Victoria is being left behind when it comes to technology.”

Ms Chesters said the vast majority of people she has met with want the NBN.

“It is clear that people want to be connected to the National Broadband Network,” she said.

"Homes and businesses already connected to the NBN via fixed wireless towers in townships including Harcourt, Heathcote, Malmsbury and Tarnagulla are raving about what a difference the NBN it is making.

“So much of our lives are now online.

“Central Victorians are currently being held back by inferior internet connections and it will continue to get worse under the Abbott Liberal Government.

"Current telecommunication infrastructure in Bendigo and central Victoria does not meet today's needs let alone future needs.

"Yet, we are still waiting for the Liberal Government plan. If not the NBN, what and when?”