The Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, has today expressed her disappointment regarding the Liberal’s announcement of NBN construction commencing in the Macedon Ranges.
“The Liberals are misleading the Bendigo electorate when then talk about the number of premises connected since the 2013 election. Every NBN connection in the Bendigo electorate today is because of contracts signed by the former Labor Government,” said Ms Chesters.
"Further, these figures are nothing to celebrate. Only 11,000 homes and businesses in the Bendigo electorate can connect to the NBN. During the 2013 election campaign Malcolm Turnbull said we would have the NBN by 2016 and that it would be faster and cheaper. On all three commitments he failed.
"Instead it's taken the Liberal Government three years to switch on four NBN Fixed wireless towers in the north of the electorate. The towers debacle demonstrates that the Liberals can’t be trusted to roll out the NBN to the Macedon Ranges.
“The Macedon Ranges is in the midst of a telecommunications crisis. I hear daily from members of the community who want to know why in 2016, just 45 minutes from Melbourne, we have slow or non-existent internet.
“Labor wants Australia to have a first class national broadband network and that means investing in fibre to the premises. Fibre connections provide the best speeds and this is what the Macedon Ranges needs in the 21st century,” said Ms Chesters.
An incoming 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 the Macedon Ranges 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 the Bendigo electorate.