|Shayne Neumann MP, Bernie Ripoll MP, Cr Paul Tully,|
Skymesh managing director Paul Rees and
Communications Minister Stephen Conroy
lay the first cable of the National Broadband
Network in Goodna yesterday.
CONSTRUCTION work on fibre optic infrastructure for the National Broadband Network (NBN) has begun in central Ipswich.
Work began in various locations including the CBD this month, and the final stages of construction expected by March 2014.
Federal Member for Blair Shayne Neumann said it was exciting that so much of the Ipswich community - in particular the central business hub of Ipswich - was in the first stage of the rollout.
Mr Neumann said 50,400 homes and businesses in Ipswich Central were being covered in the first three-year rollout of the NBN.
"That includes the Ipswich CBD where works are commencing right now," he said.
In total, work to cable 19 suburbs including Booval, Churchill, West Ipswich, Raceview and the Ipswich CBD has begun or will begin this month.
Construction work in another 13 suburbs including Collingwood Park and Bundamba will begin in December.
Once the infrastructure rollout is complete, work to connect homes and businesses can begin.
Mr Neumann announced the start of CBD works while attending the first rollout of cable to homes in Goodna.
Federal Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy said Goodna homes would be the first older properties in Ipswich to have access to affordable, high speed broadband.
"The first fibre has been pulled through the streets here in Goodna and by early next year the first of 14,000 homes will be able to go live," Sen Conroy said.
Ipswich Chamber of Commerce president Brett Kitching welcomed the rollout in central Ipswich.
He said the fact Ipswich would be one of the first areas in Australia to go live meant the region was attractive to new businesses.
"It's a great thing to speed up electronic processing times," Mr Kitching said. "I think it will make doing business in Ipswich even more attractive.
"It's just another bonus for Ipswich, the motorway is finished, cranes dominate the CBD skyline and now the NBN just makes Ipswich even more attractive to the business community."