nbnPrime Minister Julia Gillard has announced that 5000 homes in Murwillumbah will be the first on the North Coast to receive the National Broadband Network (NBN) through fibre optic connection in 2015/16.

Ms Gillard was in Murwillumbah this morning to visit the Murwillumbah Community Centre with Member for Richmond, Justine Elliot, and to make the announcement.

Mayor of Tweed, Councillor Barry Longland, was at the Community Centre to meet the Prime Minister and hear the funding announcement.

The Community Centre opened late last year and was built using funds from the Federal Government, with assistance from the State Government, Tweed Shire Council and the community.

“I welcome this announcement that NBN’s fibre optic network is being made available to the people of Murwillumbah in the 2015/16 financial year,” Cr Longland said.

“We’ve already heard the news that fixed wireless is coming the more rural areas of the Tweed, so today’s announcement is the icing on the cake.

“As for local businesses, they need all the help they can get and will welcome greater access to high-speed internet.”

Ms Gillard mingled and shared morning tea with Murwillumbah Community Centre staff and clients and interested locals, then had an impromptu visit to the nearby netball courts to chat with local netballers.

PICTURE: Prime Minister Julia Gillard with the Mayor of Tweed Shire Council, Cr Barry Longland.