Dis­ap­point­ment at NBN af­ter­math mess

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - South Perth Waterford - Tim Mayne

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.

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