Parts of Coast make rollout list but it's still years away
THE Fraser Coast has been included in a new shortlist of areas where the $38 billon National Broadband Network will be unrolled - but the start and completion of the project in the area is still more than two years away.
Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell said he was disappointed the Fraser Coast would have to wait so long for the technology.
He was also concerned about a potential change of Federal Government at the end of the year, which could potentially derail the plan.
Cr O'Connell said he was keen to find out more about how the council would be involved in rolling out the technology to the region.
In Hervey Bay, Howard, Booral, Torbanlea and Burrum Heads, construction is expected to start in September next year and is likely to be completed in September 2015.
Construction is scheduled to start in Maryborough, Tiaro and Bauple in December 2014.
NBN Co Queensland community relations manager Ryan Williams said an email would be sent out to various councils, including the Fraser Coast council, today detailing the rollout as it applied to the region.
Mr Williams said existing Telstra infrastructure would be used to install the NBN.
In the early stages of the rollout, the existing structures would be examined to ensure they would be ready when the fibre optic cable was installed, he said.
Then people would notice teams of men, wearing green, in much greater numbers as the cables were installed across the region.
In two housing estates in Hervey Bay, Augustus Estate and the Flamingo Park Estate, construction has begun on the installation of the NBN.
Mr Williams said new housing developments were separate to existing infrastructure and any new development of more than 100 lots would automatically have the NBN installed.