What’s go­ing on with NBN in Fin­ley?

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‘‘What’s hap­pen­ing with the NBN? Because no-one seems to know.’’

That’s the mes­sage Fin­ley’s John Hand is ask­ing on be­half of con­cerned res­i­dents.

Mr Hand says there have been is­sues, es­pe­cially for el­derly res­i­dents, not un­der­stand­ing how the fed­eral gov­ern­ment’s Na­tional Broad­band Net­work works and when it is being in­stalled.

He said act­ing on be­half of res­i­dents and speak­ing with Tel­stra, he has been given three sep­a­rate an­swers: first, the NBN has al­ready been in­stalled in Fin­ley; sec­ond, it will be in­stalled in three months; and thirdly it will be in­stalled by April 2019.

Mr Hand said he was wor­ried peo­ple are sign­ing up to deals with ser­vice providers of­fer­ing the NBN.

‘‘In March there was a Tel­stra van in Fin­ley and a lady I know signed up for the NBN with her Tel­stra deal.

‘‘The prob­lem is she’s never used the in­ter­net and has no in­ten­tion of us­ing the in­ter­net.

‘‘Luck­ily, it was never con­nected so it didn’t cost her any­thing.

‘‘When I’ve used the NBN web­site and Tel­stra web­site, it’s listed Fin­ley as on­line.

‘‘Ev­ery­one has ca­bles run­ning past their doors but it’s not con­nected.’’

The South­ern Rive­rina News con­tacted NBN Co Lim­ited, and a spokesper­son said the NBN had been in­stalled and was work­ing in Fin­ley, Ber­ri­gan, Tocumwal and Jer­ilderie.

How­ever, de­spite claim­ing it was on­line a spokesper­son told the SRN it was only work­ing in parts of Fin­ley.

Ac­cord­ing to the NBN roll­out map, on the west and north side of the rail tracks in Fin­ley the NBN ser­vice is fixed line, while on the east­ern side of the tracks the ser­vice is fixed wire­less.

Com­mu­ni­ca­tion of the man­ner in which NBN has been heav­ily crit­i­cised through­out the South­ern Rive­rina, with sig­nif­i­cant is­sues also hav­ing oc­curred in De­niliquin.

A drought re­lief style con­cert has been touted as a theme for the up­com­ing FinCity Food and Wine Mu­sic Fes­ti­val.

Although not con­firmed, or­gan­is­ers are look­ing for a Satur­day around mid Oc­to­ber for the event.

Fin­ley Cham­ber of Com­merce sec­re­tary Sue Hill said the aim was for all money raised to be dis­trib­uted to the lo­cal farm­ing com­mu­nity.

‘‘We’re see­ing the tremen­dous help go­ing north of the South­ern Rive­rina but with all of NSW in drought we can­not for­get our farm­ers.

‘‘If we don’t help our lo­cal farm­ers now, we’ll feel the af­fect in the long term.’’

To help en­sure the money stays lo­cal, the Cham­ber of Com­merce is hop­ing it can team up with the Fin­ley Apex Group.

‘‘Many of the Apex mem­bers are or have con­nec­tions to the farm­ing com­mu­nity,’’ Ms Hill said.

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