Sunshine is one of the few major hubs in Melbourne’s Western suburbs – based on location, business and transport among other things.
So where are we on the list for the National Broadband Network (NBN) roll-out?
Well we weren’t included in the trial. A shame, but trials are run in a very small sample of the target market and there would be equivalent suburbs that could adequately represent Sunshine.
And we didn’t make the list on the initial one year roll out plan but in Jan 2012 an additional 2.7 million premises were added – so….. oh…….. nope. Didn’t make it.
So at least when a three year rollout plan to 2015 was announced, I was placated by knowing that we would at least know the date when Sunshine would get the NBN. But surprise! No mention of Sunshine….
So finally…. today…. Senator the Hon Stephen Conroy puts out a media release announcing areas where 1.3million more premises will be hooked up – although he’s started announcing when work will start…. not finish. These ones are promised to commence work by 30 June 2016….. and…….. Sunshine doesn’t get a mention.
In fact, if you use the tool provided to find out when the NBN will come to you, here’s what Sunshine residents get:
No date given and it’s clear that we are not even scheduled yet! The last premises in Australia are supposed to be hooked up by 2020 and it looks like we might run close to being last.
I know that there was a focus on rolling out the NBN to rural and regional areas first and I agree that should be the approach but all of the following suburbs know when they will get the NBN and in some, construction has already commenced:
- West Footscray
With the speed technologies develop, will we see Sunshine businesses and residents disadvantaged against our more gentrified and NBN connected neighbours to the East?