Eaglehawk residents urged to check proposed NBN connection

Eaglehawk is among the last areas in Bendigo to connect to the National Broadband Network.
Eaglehawk is among the last areas in Bendigo to connect to the National Broadband Network.

EAGLEHAWK’S main community group is encouraging residents to check the proposed NBN connection type for their address, after finding large parts of the area will not receive fibre-to-the-curb.

NBN announced in June that Eaglehawk and Epsom would be among the areas to receive FTTC – a potentially faster form of connection than fibre-to-the-node.

But Business and Community Network 3556 member Laurie Fitzgerald found many areas of Eaglehawk would instead receive FTTN.

He said there was some confusion in the community, with many incorrectly believing their address would be able to connect to the faster FTTC.

“I’ve had people come up to me saying they will receive fibre-to-the-curb, but when we check the rollout map that’s not the case,” Mr Fitzgerald said.

“People need to put in their address into the NBN website to find out what their connection will be.”

The NBN’s rollout map shows many areas south of railway line will not receive FTTC, as well as areas north of Lake Neangar. People can enter their address to find out the status of their connection.

Areas near Jobs Gully Road, Bendigo-Pyramid Road and Upper California Gully Road could also miss out on FTTC.

There was better news for residents near Sailors Gully Road however, where the majority of residents should be able to connect to FTTC.

The NBN will be rolled out in the area in the coming 12 months, and is expected to be complete by mid-2018.

The rollout will also take in about 12,300 premises in Eaglehawk, California Gully, Epsom, Huntly, White Hills, Maiden Gully, Marong, Myers Flat and Jackass Flat.

Of those, 5,600 premises have been promised FTTC.

NBN corporate affairs adviser Kasey Ellison said FTTN was also capable of achieving high speed internet to cater for the needs of households.

“NBN was mandated by the government to provide a minimum wholesale speed of 25/5 Mbps to every premise in Australia by utilising a multi-technology mix. All of our technologies are capable of this,” she said.

“The network is being designed with future upgrades in mind should the demand for greater speeds come.”

About 400 homes and businesses in Elmore can now connect to fixed line NBN.

The service was officially switched on this week.