Hervey Bay and Maryborough drop off the NBN map
HERVEY BAY and Maryborough have disappeared off the National Broadband Network rollout map, with delays of up to two years expected for the Fraser Coast.
In May, the map identified both cities with the tag: construction beginning.
Residents in Hervey Bay, Howard, Booral, Torbanlea and Burrum Heads were expected to have access to the NBN by September 2015.
Those in Maryborough, Tiaro and Bauple were expected to have access to the NBN by December 2014.
Changes to the NBN website show the Fraser Coast is no longer listed - but the new government has now clarified the situation.
Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt has reassured the community the government would complete the NBN despite changes to the roll-out map.
"Although some areas in Hinkler may have previously been represented or displayed on the NBN Co website as an area where construction is completed or commenced, this did not necessarily mean that NBN Co had physically commenced laying fibre," he said.
"On the contrary, the previous Government had stated areas as under construction, even if only a meeting had occurred with the local council.
"The new map shows only areas as under construction when construction has actually commenced."
The Government aims to give all households and businesses, including those in the Fraser Coast, access to broadband with download data rates of between 25 and 100 megabits per second (mbps) by the end of 2016.
By the end of 2019 the Government hopes the NBN will be complete and download data rates between 50 and 100 Mbps to be available most Australians.
Member for Wide Bay and Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss said the false hope was caused by the former government.
"The lived experience of Labor's NBN demonstrates that its promises, plans and timetables were simply unbelievable," he said.
"The Coalition is prioritising under serviced areas for the roll out and all communities in Wide Bay will be connected by the end of 2016."