Disappointment at NBN aftermath mess
SOUTH Perth resident John Dunn is worried the recent National Broadband Network (NBN) rollout in the area will leave parts of South Perth looking like a “patchwork quilt.”
Mr Dunn recently complained to the City of South Perth and Downer Infrastructure, the company contracted to complete the reinstatement of his driveway after it was dug up last November.
After 74 days and several meetings, emails and phone calls between the City and Downer, Mr Dunn received a letter from Downer stating:
“Council has advised the reinstatement has been completed in compliance with Council Reinstatement Standards…. council does not require further reinstatement by Downer.”
Mr Dunn said there seemed to be a carte blanche approach to the approval process for reinstatement of works.
“They should be making a better effort to make these repairs ‘like for like,” he said.
South Perth councillor Michael Huston has met with Mr Dunn and viewed other residences affected by the NBN.
“It’s not only driveways, there are people’s truncations, footpaths and verges, including where pillar boxes have been disturbed as a result of works.
“Rectification has been below the standard I would expect and it’s disappointing residents have taken it to the contractor and had an inadequate response. There needs to be proper remediation work, particularly with things like gardens,” Councillor Huston said.
Cr Huston brought the matter before council, has contacted his local federal MP and plans to take it to the Telecommunications Ombudsman.
A concerned John Dunn.