Page MP Janelle Saffin has welcomed today’s announcement  that homes and businesses in Grafton, Junction Hill and South Grafton will have access to National Broadband Network (NBN) fibre services under NBN Co’s first three-year fibre rollout plan.

Under the three-year rollout, announced by the Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, construction of the fibre network in these areas will begin progressively between 1 April 2012 and 30 June 2015.

Ms Saffin said the NBN rollout is ramping up, and it was always expected that the Grafton region would be the first part of the Page electorate to be part of the roll out, because it is close to the Coffs Harbour hub.

“I did a lot of work to make sure that when decisions were being made, we were being looked at, and I helped lead the push to secure this for the North Coast,”she said.

“In the next three years, 9200 homes and businesses locally will be on the way to having access to fast, reliable broadband through the NBN’s fibre network. “This is part of a 10-year roll out and of course I look forward to the roll out moving further north.

“The NBN is about more than just faster broadband. This is about supporting businesses in Page and around Australia to connect to new markets and find new, better ways of doing things to make their businesses more productive and more profitable.

Many of our local businesses are small businesses including farmers who want more reliable and faster connections.

“It’s about families in Page getting online to access health and aged care services, it’s about people who need government services being able to access those online, and it’s about our kids getting access to world-class education services, for example by being able to take a class at another school via the NBN.

“The NBN will connect 93 per cent of homes and businesses around Australia to high-speed fibre broadband, capable of speeds of up to one gigabit per second. Seven per cent will have access to high-speed fixed-wireless or next-generation satellite technologies providing peak speeds of 12 megabits per second.

“The NBN will drive a new wave of digital innovation – changing the way Australians live, do business, receive services and connect with the world. The NBN is just the platform – the really exciting part is the new possibilities it opens up.”

There is an interactive searchable map on the NBN Co website. Visit and enter your address to see details for the NBN coming to your area.