25 January - Local Members, Peter Dutton MP, Federal Member for Dickson, and Seath Holswich MP, State Member for Pine Rivers, have launched a joint petition to rally the Federal Government to ensure the delivery of superfast broadband to Brendale and Strathpine sooner and more affordably.
Currently businesses in Brendale and Strathpine are not scheduled to receive the National Broadband Network in the next 3-5years.
“The rollout is taking too long and costing too much, and is not prioritising the areas with the worst broadband today” Mr Dutton said.
Mr Holswich added that he had met with business owners who had to invest in a deal with a telecommunications company, which cost them $15,000 to have a fibre run down their street. On top of that they are paying $1000 a month in line rental.
“This is not an affordable cost for small business owners in Pine Rivers and that is why Peter and I felt something had to be done” he said.
Mr Dutton reaffirmed that the Coalition is committed to upgrading broadband sooner, cheaper and more affordably for consumers.
“It will see existing infrastructure used where possible and use a mix of technologies to help benefit all users” Mr Dutton said.
Mr Holswich and Mr Dutton plan to doorknock surrounding businesses and residential homes to gather signatures and Mr Dutton will present the petition to the Federal Parliament later this year.
The Hon Peter Dutton MP: Jennifer Cochrane – Electorate Media – Ph 3205 9977
Seath Holswich MP – Ph 3205 6779
If you would like to sign the petition, please contact Jennifer Cochrane as above.