What’s going on with NBN in Finley?
‘‘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.