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03 August 2011

Flood ravaged Goodna selected as site of first NBN roll-out

The flood ravaged Ipswich suburb of Goodna will be the first of three
places in southeast Queensland to receive the roll-out of NBN
high-speed broadband internet.

More than 600 families lost their homes in Goodna as a result of the
January flood.

NBN will commence their local roll-out in Goodna in November as part
of the $43 billion project to extend super-fast internet broadband to
all Australian cities and towns with populations of more than 1000.

Springfield Lakes had previously been announced as the first Ipswich
suburb to get NBN internet but Goodna won out because of better
network facilities at the Goodna exchange.

Aspley on Brisbane's northside and Toowoomba will also receive an
early roll-out of the high-speed internet which will connect 93% of
Australian homes.

An initial small-scale trial was previously approved for Townsville.

Local Goodna Councillor Paul Tully said today's  announcement was
great news for the suburb.

"This will provide a much-needed boost for householders, schools and
businesses around Goodna.

"People are still trying to get on their feet after the flood and this
announcement will be appreciated by everyone in the suburb.

"Goodna has had a big kick in the guts in the past six months but this
announcement is fantastic news."

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