Shadow Minister for Communications in town to learn about impact of NBN delays on Bendigo

Lisa Chesters MP is inviting residents to meet with the Shadow Minister for Communications, Jason Clare, to talk about the region’s internet connectivity issues and the impact of delays to the National Broadband Network (NBN).

“Bendigo is in the midst of a telecommunications crisis. I hear daily from members of the community who want to know why in 2016, in a major regional centre, we have slow or non-existent internet and mobile phone coverage,” said Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters MP. 

Ms Chesters will co-host the Bendigo Talks NBN Community Forum with the Shadow Minister at La Trobe’s Visual Arts Centre on View Street at 11am on Thursday 28 January at 11am. 

“Businesses and individuals alike are very concerned about the painfully slow roll-out of the NBN. 

“Under this Federal Liberal Government the cost of the NBN has almost doubled – from $29.5 billion to $56 billion. Even more frustrating is the time it’s taking - Malcolm Turnbull promised we would have access by the end of this year, but this has now blown out to 2020. Four years later! 

“It’s just not good enough. With so much of our lives online today we need access to fast, reliable and affordable internet. 

“I encourage residents to come along to the Community Forum on Thursday 28 January and share their concerns with Jason Clare. This is an opportunity to show the Shadow Minister how the Liberal Government’s handling of the NBN roll out has affected our community. 

“It’s also a chance to hear from Jason about how the next election will shape the future of the NBN in the Bendigo electorate,” said Ms Chesters. 

Those who wish to attend are asked to RSVP at www.trybooking.com/177637 or phone the office on (03) 5443 9055.

 ENDS

Event details:

BENDIGO TALKS NBN COMMUNITY FORUM

11am – 12:30pm, Thursday 28 January 2016

La Trobe Visual Arts Centre, 121 View Street, Bendigo

RSVP: www.trybooking.com/177637 or (03) 5443 9055