La­bor calls for fi­bre to be laid in down­town Lis­more

The Northern Star - - FRONT PAGE - Sa­man­tha Poate Sa­man­tha.Poate@north­ern­star.com.au

THE La­bor Party is call­ing on the NBN to work con­struc­tively with Lis­more City Coun­cil on the roll out of fi­bre in the CBD.

For months coun­cil has sought vi­tal in­for­ma­tion from NBN about its planned roll-out, how­ever iron­i­cally there have been some com­mu­ni­ca­tion is­sues.

Shadow Min­is­ter for Re­gional Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Stephen Jones said he was work­ing closely with Lis­more Coun­cil to send a strong mes­sage to the Com­mon­wealth Govern­ment, the NBN and Tel­stra.

“We know the data con­sump­tion of busi­nesses is dou­bling ev­ery two years so why not put some­thing in the ground which is go­ing to be fit for the fu­ture in­stead of putting some­thing in the ground that is not even fit for the present,” Mr Jones said.

“There are 10 coun­cils around the coun­try that have al­ready stuck their hand up and said we want more than what the govern­ment is of­fer­ing and we are will­ing to put some money up to make that hap­pen.

“It should send a clear mes­sage to the NBN and the govern­ment that what is be­ing rolled out is not good enough for re­gional towns.”

Mayor Isaac Smith said their ma­jor in­fra­struc­ture works were in limbo as they wait to hear back from the NBN and Tel­stra.

“I am re­ally con­cerned about us mov­ing for­ward, we have mil­lions of dol­lars to spend on up­grades around foot­paths and I don’t want to waste that money by pulling up old cop­per and putting new cop­per down,” Cr Smith said.

“What re­ally want to do is make sure that we do things that are go­ing to last and things that are go­ing to work in Lis­more.

“What I would like to see is us do­ing fi­bre to the premises, let’s give our busi­nesses the best op­por­tu­nity mov­ing for­ward.”

Mr Jones said it would make the most sense to ad­dress this is­sue now as coun­cil is pre­dicted to spend $750,000 just to re­place the ex­ist­ing cop­per.

“If we don’t do it now at some stage over the next decade we are go­ing to have to do it again,” he said.

CON­NECTED: Shadow Min­ster for Re­gional Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Stephen Jones in Lis­more with Lis­more Mayor Isaac Smith to dis­cuss the NBN.

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