Labor will prioritise fibre broadband for Bendigo

A Shorten Labor Government will roll out 21st century optic fibre to Bendigo.

An incoming Shorten Labor Government will direct NBN Co to roll out fibre-to-the-premises to approximately 10,000 homes and businesses in the Bendigo region, including:

• Ascot, California Gully, Eaglehawk, Epsom, Huntly, Jackass Flat, Maiden Gully, Marong, Myers Flat, Sailors Gully and White Hills.

A Labor Government will also ensure that businesses in Bendigo’s central business district have access to 21st century fibre-to-the-premises.

Fast broadband creates local jobs. This is why Labor planned to start the fibre-to-the-premises build to Bendigo back in 2013.

Malcolm Turnbull cancelled Labor’s fibre plans for Bendigo, promising instead to deliver his second-rate copper NBN “sooner.” This did not happen.

“The cost of Malcolm Turnbull’s second-rate NBN has almost doubled, and the time it will take to build has more than doubled,” Shadow Minister for Communications, Jason Clare, said.

“In that time, Australia has dropped from 30th in the world for internet speeds to 60th.”

"Malcolm Turnbull said Bendigo would have the NBN by 2016 and that it would be faster and cheaper. On all three commitments he failed. Even today, work has only just begun for a handful of homes,” Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, said.

"Instead it's taken the Liberal Government three years to switch on four NBN Fixed wireless towers. The towers debacle demonstrates that the Liberals can’t be trusted to roll out the NBN to Bendigo.

“So much of our lives is online these days.  More constituents contact me about telecommunications than any other Federal Government matter. Access to a quality, reliable broadband connection has become an essential service.”

A Shorten Labor Government will commission Infrastructure Australia, with input from relevant experts, to manage the development of a plan that outlines how and when the parts of Bendigo left with Mr Turnbull’s second-rate NBN should be transitioned to fibre-to-the-premises. This plan will be commissioned in our first term.

Only Labor will fix Malcolm Turnbull’s mess and deliver the vital infrastructure of the 21st century to Bendigo.