Morrison's NBN Fail Leaves Bendigo to go it Alone

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters has congratulated Bendigo Telco and the City of Greater Bendigo on their 100 Gig Bendigo Initiative, calling on the Morrison Government to support the project.

“The Federal Government must up their game when it comes to the NBN and internet speeds across Australia,” Chesters said.

“Bendigo is so fed up with our infrastructure that we’ve had to go it alone.

“I would like to congratulate the City of Greater Bendigo and Bendigo Telco for launching 100 Gig Bendigo initiative.

“The City of Greater Bendigo have told me this project gives Bendigo a competitive advantage that is almost unique to a regional city like ours, offering businesses the ability to compete on the world stage,” Chesters said.

“It’s impressive that Bendigo Telco has developed this network to build better and more reliable internet speeds but, at the same time, it’s disappointing that the Morrison Government has not been able to offer this service – it is a federal government responsibility.

“Additional investment in this project would only open more opportunities for our region.”

The NBN roll-out has been a mess under this government.

In 2013, the Liberals promised their inferior multi-technology mix would cost $29.5 billion. That increased to $41 billion in 2014, to $49 billion in 2016, to $51 billion in 2018.

It is now $57 billion.

For years, Central Victoria has experienced significant problems with connectivity and unreliable internet access and locals have demanded a better service.

“Even with the rollout of the NBN, I know many people across the Bendigo electorate continue to have negative internet experience,” Chesters said.

The Government declared the NBN rollout was formally complete late in 2020 yet over the summer, numerous locals have contacted me about slow internet speeds, problems with NBN and poor communication. 

Central Victorians deserve better access to reliable, fast and affordable internet.