UPDATE: Airlie Beach and Cannonvale get NBN next month

UPDATE:

MEMBER for Dawson George Christensen said under the Labor plan connections between the Pioneer River and the Ross River would not had been started until 2023.

"All of Mackay will be connected to the NBN next year," he said.

"In the time we have been in government we've managed to roll out wireless broadband to a range of rural communities north of Mackay and south of Townsville."

Mr Christensen said construction in various different suburbs north of the Pioneer River would start this year and finish in 2017.

"One of the rollouts that's going to happen in the latter half of the year is going to be the Northern Beaches and North Mackay," he said.

"Airlie Beach and Cannonvale are going to be connected right now, and they are going to be switching on the NBN next month.

Mr Christensen said under the Liberal-National Coalition Telstra received funding for mobile network upgrades between Bowen and Collinsville.

"We have some communities including Yalboroo, Mt Ossa that we want to see getting round two funding, which is going to be rolled out probably well before the election," he said.

 

INITIAL STORY

SHADOW Minister for Communications Jason Clare and Labor candidate for Dawson, Frank Gilbert met with local representatives of the business and IT sector to discuss the National Broadband Network (NBN).

"Malcolm Turnbull has created a digital divide in Mackay," Mr Clare said.

"Thanks to Labor, about 14,000 homes and businesses south of the Pioneer River can access Labor's world-class optic fibre NBN. But residents and businesses to the north of the Pioneer River are still waiting for Malcolm Turnbull's second rate copper NBN.

"The rollout of the NBN is slower than Malcolm Turnbull promised and it is more expensive than he promised."

Labor's candidate for Dawson, Frank Gilbert said the lack of decent internet and telecommunications was regularly raised with him when out and about in the community.

 

 

"It is not good enough in this day and age that businesses in Mackay are struggling to get a proper internet connection with adequate download speeds," Mr Gilbert said.

"There are communities between Mackay and Townsville, including Proserpine, Whitsundays, Bowen and Burdekin that are in an even worse position.

Mr Gilbert said central and north Queensland resident deserve better than the B-grade internet Malcolm Turnbal and Goerge Christen want to deliver.

Mr Gilbert said the Abbott-Turnbull Government, including George Christensen, had also dudded the region when it came to mobile black spots.

Several communities in the region missed out on funding under the Coalition's much hyped Mobile Black Spot Program.

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