A large slice of Federal Government funding will be provided to Coffs Harbour City Council to develop improved local services using the National Broadband Network (NBN).
A large slice of Federal Government funding will be provided to Coffs Harbour City Council to develop improved local services using the National Broadband Network (NBN).

Council to receive more NBN funding

COFFS Harbour City Council is set to benefit from a large slice of Federal Government funding.

Labor Senators Stephen Conroy and Matt Thistlethwaite have announced $374,920 will be provided to Coffs Harbour City Council to develop improved local services using the National Broadband Network (NBN).

With these funds, the council will implement an online development application and construction certification process using high-definition videoconferencing technology. The increased bandwidth of the NBN will enable applicants and council planning officers to interact via video and share large files such as spatial images, drawings and maps.

As the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Conroy said the initiatives Coffs Harbour City Council is putting in place will benefit ratepayers enormously.

"The NBN allows local councils to put residents and ratepayers at the heart of local government service delivery - where they should be," Sen. Conroy said.

"Ultimately, this means better, more accessible and more convenient services, delivered more efficiently and with less hassle."

Coffs Harbour Mayor, Councillor Keith Rhoades also announced a local contribution of $149,910 to the Digital Local Government project.

Cr Rhoades said the implemenation of the NBN on the Coffs Coast will be a huge time saver for residents, particularly when dealing with Council.

"The building and development application process will be transformed to enable Coffs Harbour residents to communicate from their homes and business with council staff in real time," Cr Rhoades said.

"The interactive online functionality will significantly improve the convenience and efficiency of the current consultation process."

Under the three-year rollout plan, construction of NBN fibre services will have started or be completed for 27,800 homes and businesses across Coffs Harbour by mid-2015.

This includes the Fibre Serving Areas (FSAs) of Coffs Harbour and Sawtell.

Residents of Coffs Harbour City Council who live outside the NBN fibre footprint will be able to connect to the NBN via next generation fixed wireless or satellite.

Senator Thistlethwaite has been a fan of Coffs Harbour's attitude of embracing the opportunities that the NBN can provide.

"Coffs Harbour City Council is to be congratulated for recognising how it can start delivering better services to the residents of Coffs Harbour," Sen. Thistlethwaite said.



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