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Monday, 19 October 2015
Page: 11542

Ms McGOWAN (Indi) (13:33): I rise today to say a huge thank you. Thank you to the former Minister for Communications and current Prime Minister. Thank you to the senator for Victoria, Mitch Fifield, the current Minister for Communications. Thank you on behalf of the people of Indi. Thank you for the new rollout schedule for the NBN, fixed line and wireless to 25,000 new premises, bringing the total up to 55,000 premises in Indi since I have been the member for this electorate. Thank you from the 35 communities of Victoria. In particular, it is great news for Rutherglen, Wahgunyah, Alexandra, Bright, Porepunkah, Benalla, Beechworth, Chiltern, Corryong, Eildon, Kinglake, Kinglake Central, Kinglake West, Mount Beauty, Tawonga South, Mansfield, Myrtleford, Tallangatta, Waldara, Wangaratta, Bandiana, Baranduda, Barnawartha North, Leneva, West Wodonga, Wodonga and Yea. This is a huge achievement and acknowledgement, and I would particularly like to put into this a thank you to the people of Allans Flat and surrounds. You guys really show how the Indi way works. You got organised, you lobbied me, I came to Canberra, I advocated on your behalf, and I am delighted to say we are going to get wireless to our community. I would like to finish by acknowledging and thanking NBN. NBN Co, we know you get a lot of criticism, but you have made a huge difference to the people of north-east Victoria. I know we are not yet perfect, but we have come a really long way. I look forward to working with you to deliver this wonderful result for my— (Time expired)