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Woombah residents await NBN outcome

Woombah residents’ struggle to connect to the National Broad Band (NBN) network began in 2013.

Recently, the Independent reported the residents’ ongoing plight in two stories – Woombah residents caught in NBN black hole and Woombah internet ‘black hole’: NBN Co responds.

Subsequently, the Woombah Residents Association used some of the issues raised in those stories to write to NBN Co’s CEO, Stephen Rue.
The association’s secretary, Kerry Wilsmore, wrote, in part: “I would like to clarify an article published in the Clarence Valley Independent where Sharon Kelly [State Media Manager NSW/ACT] accused our association of spreading misinformation in the community of Woombah.”

The association’s submission was detailed and addressed multiple issues and, as a result, NBN Co’s national general manager for regional community affairs, Chris Cusack, and Tom O’Day, head of regional community affairs – NSW, will meet with the association on Wednesday June 17.

Mr Wilsmore said his association has written a six-point agenda for the meeting, which mainly focuses on securing a commitment from NBN Co to “undertake a study to investigate the cost of connecting Woombah to the fibre; and that any fees for this study are waived”.
More on this after the meeting.