NBN Campaign

Update 22 May 2018

NBN has commenced rolling out in the West Coast with planned access frorm July to September 2018. To check when your address may be available please visit https://www.nbnco.com.au/connect-home-or-business/check-your-address.html

Please see the following video of West Coast Mayor Phil Vickers talking about the various benefits the NBN will bring to our region.

West Coast Mayor Phil Vickers on the NBN(7287 kb)

Background on the NBN campaign
Update 16 June 2016:

West Coast Council has issued a media release regarding the commitments by both major parties for an improved NBN service to the region

Update 11 June 2016: The Coalition have announced their policy on delivered NBN to the West Coast: read more here

Update 31 May 2016: Reliable, high-speed NBN connection is critical for the continued delivery of education opportunities on the West Coast. Mayor Phil Vickers has met with the Director of the Tasmanian Catholic Education Office to discuss the strategic directions of Catholic education in the region, with NBN availability highlighted as essential. Read the media release here

Update 29 April 2016: The Federal Labor Party have announced their policy on delivering NBN to the West Coast: read the media release here

Braddon MP Brett Whiteley has presented a proposal for delivering NBN to the West Coast: read the media release here

Update 15 March 2016: Following the well-attended public forum held 8 March Council has continued to make contact with key stakeholders to follow-up on commitments made at the forum - notably a meeting with all stakeholders present.  To watch key moments from the forum visit Council's YouTube Channel

The NBN Co also faced strong questioning at the Select Committee on the National Broadband Network - at which is was announced Queenstown is the largest town in Australia to receive satellite NBN - read more

Update 23 February 2016: A public forum will be held in Queenstown on 8 March - read more

Update 22 February 2016:  A media release has been issued, highlighting Council's push to research NBN solutions for the region.

Update 10 November 2015: NBN update letter Nov 2015(412 kb).  This letter has been sent to signatories of the initial letter, and also State and Federal representatives.

A message from Mayor Phil Vickers (9 October 2015)

The NBN Co advised Council that the whole West Coast will be serviced by satellite only. The Council is looking to encourage population growth and business investment. Without the best available NBN service we are behind the 8-ball. Health and education services to us can also be greatly improved with good quality NBN. 

It is our information that the satellite will not provide a continuous 25mbps or better over an extended period (particularly due to weather conditions on the West Coast).  Where fibre has been rolled out to the home they are getting up to 300mbps. 

The Council is launching a campaign requesting the NBN Co reconsider the options available.  We are being joined by other major West Coast businesses and the partnerships being formed on this matter will hopefully show the NBN Co and the Federal Government that we are serious about securing the level of service our region deserves.

Please read the letter sent to Federal Communications Minister and CEO of the NBN Co for further information: WCC NBN Campaign letter October 2015(456 kb). We are asking West Coast residents to contact their federal and state government representatives (contact details below) to make their views known about the proposed NBN service.

Thank you, Phil

Media Release - West Coast NBN Campaign Gathers Speed

Template letter - use this template as a guide for structuring your correspondence regarding NBN on the West Coast NBN Public Template Letter Nov 2015(15 kb)

Key NBN Contacts

Prime Minister

Tasmanian Senators:

Federal Members representing Tasmania:

 State Government Braddon representatives:

West Coast Council Working In partnership with our community
Tel: 03 64 714 700
Fax: 03 64 714 720
Email: wcc@westcoast.tast.gov.au
11 Sticht Street
PO Box 63
Queenstown TAS 7467