Glendenning, Oakhurst, Emerton in broadband box-seat

Federal Labor Candidate for Chifley Ed Husic today welcomed news that a range of local suburbs had been picked as potential sites for the next stage of the rollout of the National Broadband Network.

Initially, the NBN will rollout past 3,000 premises, with the exact area to be worked out following discussions with local authorities – to make sure local views on the rollout are factored in.

“This is a huge win for locals who have been crying out for improved broadband access – they're now in the NBN box-seat,” Mr Husic said.

"Based on NBN's initial draft plans, suburbs like Glendenning, Oakhurst through to Shalvey, Lethbridge Park and Riverstone to the north are all being considered for the next stage of the NBN rollout.”

According to NBN Co, the sites have been selected based on a range of criteria including engineering and construction requirements, network design and the level of existing broadband infrastructure.

The engagement of local government and the receptiveness of communities to broadband initiatives were also factors taken into consideration.

“Ours will be among the first locations in Australia to be placed squarely in the centre of the broadband superhighway – connecting Australian homes with broadband services up to 100 times faster than currently available,” Mr Husic said.

"With so many services being accessed via the Net, it's critical local residents get their fair share of access.

"And what I'm delighted about is that our area is literally at the head of the queue to get access to a world class technology. Gone will be the days of sitting and waiting for the kettle to boil as a single page is downloaded.”

Mr Husic said the local roll out will help play a crucial role in shaping the way that the NBN is rolled out across the country.

“The rollout sites will help NBN Co Limited test the impact of the roll-out on different terrain, and will provide critical information about the design, construction and technology methods used in the rollout,” Mr Husic said.

“The rollout lessons learned here can be used to help rollout the NBN in different types of geography across Australia.

“The NBN will generate around 25,000 jobs across Australia in each year of the eight year rollout.

“I also want to push for local young people to get training opportunities to help secure jobs on the project, so they too can play a part in this generation's version of the Snowy Mountain scheme.

“We had twelve years of a Liberal Government promising to do something to improve broadband services in Australia – 18 plans to improve online services that delivered absolutely nothing.

“Faster internet access is something our local community has been pushing for, for as long as I can remember.

“I’m glad the Federal Labor Government has listened to the people of Western Sydney and will deliver for us.”

The only other NSW locations to be named are Coffs Harbour, Armidale, and Kiama Downs.

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