Page MP Janelle Saffin today said the announcement of Coffs Harbour as a roll-out site for the National Broadband Network (NBN) is great news for our region.

NBN CO, the company established to design, build and operate the national broadband network, today announced 19 locations for the next stage of its roll out.

Ms Saffin said Coffs Harbour will be the nerve centre for the future roll-out in our region.

“This is a great result and follows the strong collaborative efforts of Southern Cross University, and 14 local councils, including NOROC, and businesses in putting the case for the North Coast corridor, from Tweed Shire to the Great Lakes south of Port Macquarie, to be a priority area,” Ms Saffin said.

“I led the lobbying in support of the local submission, and pushed for our region to be one of the ‘first cabs off the rank’. 
“This shows what we can achieve when the community collaborates on a project.

“I particularly want to praise the work of SCU’s Executive Dean, Faculty of Business and Law, Professor Mike Evans, and Professor of Information Technology and Information Systems, Peter Croll, for pulling together such a well-researched case. Their submission demonstrated that this region is on the cutting edge of IT with early wins on increased productivity and creative innovations.

“As well, I pay tribute to Coffs Harbour City Mayor Cr Keith Rhoades and his Economic Development Unit officers Kristina Cooke and Barry Davis, and Tweed Shire Council’s Director of Technology and Corporate Services, Troy Green, and Economic Development Unit CEO, Tom Senti, for helping to drive the project.

“Our submission had to be considered on its merits and meet the relevant NBN criteria, but I made sure everyone in Australia knew about it, including the head of the NBN.

“NBN Co CEO, Mike Quigley, said the sites were selected on a range of technical and engineering criteria, and he also said the engagement of local government and the receptiveness of communities to broadband initiatives were factors taken into consideration.

“Today’s announcement recognises that communities across our region  are ready and willing to take advantage of high-speed broadband, and this is a first step towards the NBN roll-out for the North Coast.”