Shadow Minister of Communications visits Bendigo in light of damaging NBN report

Lisa Chesters MP has today hosted the Shadow Minister for Communications, Michelle Rowland MP to highlight National Broadband Network (NBN) issues across the Bendigo electorate.

“Following on from the damaging results of the Bendigo Electorate NBN report released last week, Michelle Rowland MP had made Bendigo a priority to visit and hear firsthand how the rollout has affected households and local businesses.

“Earlier today we met with Nola Stevens in Castlemaine who was the subject of a Parliament House Question Time debate due to her failed installation which saw wires laid across her front garden and through her windows.

“Nola’s connection is now properly installed but it should not take asking a question to the Prime Minister to have connections resolved.

“We also visited local advanced manufacturer Industrial Conveying Australia who manufactures products and systems to some of the world’s largest companies. ICA shared their NBN horror story and how important reliable, high speed broadband is to servicing their current clients and establishing further contracts across the globe.

“Unfortunately, ICA is not alone. Far to many local manufacturers and businesses are struggling with terrible connectivity and are caught in the blame game ping pong match between Telcos and NBN Co,” said Ms Chesters.

Tonight Ms Chesters will co-host a NBN Crisis Meeting with the Shadow Minister at Bendigo Trades Hall, 34 View St from 6pm.

“This is an opportunity to share with the Shadow Minister how the Liberal Government’s handling of the NBN roll out has affected local industry and our community.

“Michelle and I are ready to listen and work with Central Victorian households, businesses and industry to help support residents and businesses affect by Malcolm Turnbull’s botched second-rate NBN rollout.

“It’s also a chance to hear from Michelle about the importance of reliable high speed internet,” said Ms Chesters.

“This is a second-rate network that costs more and does less – and local residents and small businesses are suffering as a result,” Shadow Communications Minister Michelle Rowland said.