Town gets speedier connection

A map of the NBN's rollout area in in the centre of Northam.
A map of the NBN's rollout area in in the centre of Northam.

Federal Communications Minister Ste-phen Conroy this week revealed another 1.3 million homes and businesses ” including those in York, Cunderdin and Merredin ” were included in a new plan to speed up the rollout the $38 billion network.

Shire of York President Tony Boyle said it was initially thought the NBN would not arrive in the town until after 2016.

‘However, we lobbied in Canberra to have it brought forward to 2013,’ he said.

‘It will be a bonus for York because it’s a big part of Australia’s digital future.

‘It’s an investment in York that will allow businesses to keep up with the connectivity of the rest of the world.’

Work has already begun on construction of the NBN in Nor-tham and Toodyay.

Shire of Northam president Steven Pollard said the rollout of NBN fibre in the town started in December and the council had been receiving regular updates for the past six months.

The project, which will cover most of the town centre, could be completed as early as later this year.

Work in Toodyay is expected to be finished next year.

More than 1.35 million properties have been added to the NBN rollout list in the updated three-year plan, which adds almost 190 localities nationwide.