Member for McMillan Russell Broadbent said around 6300 premises in Wonthaggi and Venus Bay would soon be enjoying the benefits of nbn broadband.

In recent days about 3800 premises in Wonthaggi gained access to the nbn, with the same number again to be connected in early 2017. In Venus Bay, construction of the National Broadband Network is now underway, which will see 2500 premises connected soon.

“The nbn will open up a range of new opportunities for businesses, allow students to learn and engage with classmates in virtual classrooms, and make it easier for residents in Wonthaggi and Venus Bay to stay in touch with family and friends online,” Mr Broadbent said.

“High-speed broadband is the essential infrastructure of the twenty-first century, and the nbn will provide the platform to deliver a range of economic and social benefits to residents in Wonthaggi and Venus Bay.

“Businesses in Wonthaggi and Venus Bay will be more productive as the nbn enables access to new online services like cloud-based accounting software. Students will be able to participate in immersive learning experiences, from their classroom or at home. And mums and dads will be able to take care of everyday tasks like accessing government services or paying bills quickly and easily online.”

The Turnbull Coalition Government is rolling out high-speed broadband across Australia in the fastest and most affordable way, with every home and business in Australia to be able to connect to the nbn by 2020.

The nbn was a failing government infrastructure project in 2013 which led to contractors downing tools across four states. Today, the nbn is being rolled out on time and on budget.

“More than 70,000 homes and businesses across Australia are signing up to the nbn every single month, and there are already 11,052 premises in electorate experiencing the benefits of the nbn,” Mr Broadbent said.

More information on how to connect to the nbn is available at www.nbnco.com.au