Nambucca Shire Council's Wayne Lowe meets Telstra representative Anthony Jephcott and Midcoast Trucks administrator Lauren Smith at the upgrade switch-on at Macksville Industrial Estate.
Nambucca Shire Council's Wayne Lowe meets Telstra representative Anthony Jephcott and Midcoast Trucks administrator Lauren Smith at the upgrade switch-on at Macksville Industrial Estate.

Macksville Industrials give thumbs up to overdue net upgrade

MACKSVILLE businesses are big winners after receiving access to faster, more reliable internet connections this week.

After years of campaigning, ADSL2+ was switched on in the Macksville Industrial Estate, offing a significant improvement to the slow, unreliable internet previously available to businesses.

Macksville Industrial Estate is a significant employer in the region, with a mix of industrial businesses and dozens of local employees.

Nambucca Shire Council Business Development Manager, Wayne Lowe, has been the driving force behind the campaign for improved internet access in the region.

He says this will have a considerable impact on local industry.

"It was to the point where business owners were considering leaving the Macksville Industrial Estate to somewhere that offered a faster internet connection," he said.

"It was near impossible for them to do business.

"By giving Macksville business the tools they need to stay in the area, we are keeping jobs and revenue local which is fantastic for the local area and economy."

Telstra Coffs Harbour Licensee, Anthony Jephcott, has worked with Macksville businesses for six years and has seen first hand the difficulties that businesses have faced.

"Like Wayne, we were hearing from local Macksville businesses for years that their internet connections were slow and cumbersome," Anthony said.

"I was committed to making sure this issue was heard loud and clear inside Telstra.

"We've already helped more than 10 Macksville businesses switch over to ADSL2+, and the feedback that we have been getting is that is already changing the way they do business."



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