Tweed misses out on broadband
THE Tweed was snubbed for the second stage of the National Broadband Network (NBN) rollout announced this week.
But it is not all bad news for the area, according to the expert behind a submission to have the $43 billion network arrive on the North Coast early.
Professor Peter Croll and his submission team were excited to discover Coffs Harbour had been included in the 19 sites next to be connected.
Other locations included Springfield Lakes on the southern outskirts of Brisbane, and Toowoomba.
The Southern Cross University (SCU) scholar is confident when the “volume” roll-out of the scheme begins, the North Coast and south-east Queensland will be a focus area, and Tweed will not be left out.
He said the announcement of the sites was not necessarily the end of the second stage, and the indication he had been given was the path of the NBN roll-out would continue up the North Coast.
“The process is continuing. It will just start to spread from Toowoomba and Coffs Harbour; you’re in the picture,” he said.
The SCU submission, led by Prof Croll and the university’s Regional Futures Institute, played a key role in securing the NBN roll-out for Coffs Harbour.
It outlines an “eastern regional corridor”, of which Tweed is a part, as a priority area for the roll-out.
Also working in Coffs Harbour’s favour was SCU’s plans for a “broadband hub” as part of a major upgrade of facilities at the city’s campus.
The second release sites comprise 14 new locations and five sites adjacent to existing first-release sites.