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29 March 2022

Residents in South Barwon will be able to access faster internet thanks to the Connecting Victorian program, which will see the Victorian Government and NBN Co partnering to improve broadband in 54 places across Victoria.

Member for South Barwon Darren Cheeseman today welcomed the news that the Victorian Government is funding internet upgrades that will benefit 2576 residences and 352 businesses across Belmont, Grovedale, Marshall and Highton.

About 1,015 kilometres of fibre is being installed across the state to give Victorians access to internet download speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second, making it easier for people to connect with loved ones, achieve their work or study goals, boost their businesses and create jobs.

In the suburbs of Belmont, Grovedale, Marshall and Highton, the Victorian Government is funding NBN Co to run fibre along streets past our homes and businesses. In return, NBN Co has committed to install a fibre connection at no charge all the way to premises where an order for a 100 megabit per second service is placed with a retail service provider.

Victorians can find out whether they are eligible for an FTTP connection and register their interest on the NBN website. All FTTP fibre funded by the Victorian Government is due to be rolled out by mid-2024, with some locations being able to connect from mid-2023.

Through the Connecting Victoria engagement program, residents across Victoria told the Victorian Government that they need better access to the internet so they can work and study remotely, or access telehealth and community safety information.

Businesses said they need better connections to work more efficiently and capture growth opportunities.

That’s why the Victorian Government is fast-tracking better connections in as many places and as quickly as possible through the $550 million Connecting Victoria program.

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Quotes attributable to Member for South Barwon Darren Cheeseman

“I’m pleased to be able to tell residents and businesses in that soon they will have the opportunity to sign up to faster and more reliable internet.”

This is exciting news because here in South Barwon we know how important it is to be connected, with family, friends and our community, if we’re working or studying from home, or to help us grow our businesses.