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Malcolm Turnbull right: 'extraordinary' NBN deserves 'admiration' for exceeding target



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1 “This is an extraordinary promise… if they can do that I guess there’ll be a lot of admiration…” and “Now if she (Julia Gillard) cannot deliver that then she will, that NBN will have completely failed.” Malcolm Turnbull, Interview with David Speers, Sky News, 28 February 2012. 2

The term construction commenced is only used when a work order for an NBN fibre service area module (FSAM) is provided to construction contractors. It means workers on the ground - walking the streets, cleaning out the pits and pipes, pulling NBN fibre and connecting homes and businesses. Like NBN Co, construction companies routinely account for Work in Progress to reflect contracted jobs that are underway, but not yet complete. 3

“…we are certainly committed to eliminating unnecessary government spending and look, the NBN is one example.” Tony Abbott, Press Conference, Parliament House, 22 October 2012.

MEDIA RELEASE SENATOR KIM CARR Acting Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy

Friday, 11 January 2013

MALCOLM TURNBULL RIGHT: ‘EXTRAORDINARY’ NBN DESERVES ‘ADMIRATION’ FOR EXCEEDING TARGET

The Acting Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Kim Carr, today welcomed the announcement by NBN Co that it had exceeded its target of having NBN fibre construction commenced or complete for 758,000 homes and businesses by the end of 2012.

“In February last year, Malcolm Turnbull expressed disbelief at this ambitious target,” Senator Carr said.

“He told Sky News that it was ‘an extraordinary promise’ and that ‘there’ll be a lot of admiration’ for NBN Co if it was achieved.1

“It’s not often I get to acknowledge Mr Turnbull’s prescience, but I’m delighted the opportunity has arisen for him to fulfil his commitment - I look forward to him praising NBN Co’s achievement.

“By the end of 2012, NBN Co had commenced or completed construction for 784,592 homes and businesses across Australia.2

“Work on the NBN is now happening in more than 70 locations and in every state and territory.

“Exceeding this target is just the beginning.

“The ramp up of NBN construction activity will continue in 2013, with more workers hauling fibre, more areas switching on the NBN, and more families and businesses connecting.

“As the Gillard Government gets on with the job of providing the NBN’s fast, affordable and reliable broadband to all Australians, all we hear from Tony Abbott is that he’ll eliminate the NBN.3

“The choice for Australians this election year is clear: Vote for Labor and you’ll get the NBN; vote for Tony Abbott and you won’t.”

Contact: Fiona Bastion (Senator Carr’s Office) 02 6277 7200 Adam Sims (Senator Conroy’s Office) 0408 258 457

**Further information about the rollout, including NBN fibre construction photos are below.**

Editor's notes:

Construction commenced

The term construction commenced is only used when a work order for an NBN fibre service area module (FSAM) is provided to construction contractors. It means workers on the ground - walking the streets, cleaning out the pits and pipes, pulling NBN fibre and connecting homes and businesses. Like NBN Co, construction companies routinely account for Work in Progress to reflect contracted jobs that are underway, but not yet complete.

Areas where NBN construction work has commenced or is complete in Brownfields as at 31 December 2012

NSW: Armidale, Blacktown, Coffs Harbour, Corrimal, Dapto, Gosford, Homebush, Kiama/Minnamurra, Lidcombe, Long Jetty, Mudgee, Penrith, Richmond, Riverstone, Sawtell, Taree, Wollongong. VIC: Bacchus Marsh, Ballarat, Brunswick, Creswick, Carlton, Melton, South Morang, Tullamarine. QLD: Ascot, Aspley, Bundamba, Cairns, Goodna, Townsville (& Gulliver), Ipswich, Kallangur and Petrie, Mackay, Nudgee, Rockhampton, Toowoomba. SA: Aldinga (& Willunga), Modbury, Onkaparinga, Prospect, Port Augusta, Port Elliot, Strathalbyn, Seaford, Stirling, Yankalilla. WA: Applecross, South Coogee, Geraldton, Mandurah, Meadow Springs, Northampton, Pinjarra, South Perth, Victoria Park, Yunderup. TAS: Bellerive, Deloraine, George Town, Hobart, Kingston, Launceston, Scottsdale, Smithton, Somerset, Sorell (& Midway Point), St Helens, Triabunna. NT: Darwin, Casuarina. ACT: Crace (Gungahlin).

Premises passed

On average, it takes 12 months between construction commencing in an area and NBN services becoming available.

Photos of NBN construction underway across Australia

The below photos are available in high resolution from http://www.minister.dbcde.gov.au/media/

Fibre Hauling in Goodna, QLD Fibre Hauling in Gungahlin, ACT Fibre Hauling in Bacchus Marsh, VIC

Fibre Hauling in Geraldton, WA Fibre Hauling in Gosford, NSW Fibre Hauling in Aspley, QLD Fibre Hauling in Toowoomba, QLD