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    Government Services, Building Industry and ICT
    The Honourable Simon Finn

    Discussion paper invites feedback from Queenslanders on National Broadband Network

    Government Services, Building Industry and ICT
    The Honourable Simon Finn

    Thursday, March 31, 2011

    Discussion paper invites feedback from Queenslanders on National Broadband Network

    Queenslanders can have their say on the National Broadband Network (NBN), with the release today of a discussion paper: Queensland’s approach to the National Broadband Network.

    Information and Communication Technology Minister Simon Finn said the State Government discussion paper invites feedback from Queenslanders about ways to best use the NBN.

    “Queensland needs a high speed broadband network – it’s essential for the State’s economic future,” he said.

    “The NBN will transform how we live and work in Queensland, leading to advances in health care, education and the way people do business.

    “It will also help to keep people in rural, regional and remote communities connected with our major population centres.

    “We want to hear how Queenslanders plan to use the NBN in their homes, businesses, schools and communities.

    “The NBN is the biggest infrastructure project ever undertaken in Australia - we need to get it right and ensure that all Queenslanders benefit from it.”

    Mr Finn said the Queensland Government would use the ideas, suggestions and comments received to help shape a statewide master plan for the use of the NBN.

    “It’s important that the master plan we develop takes into account the expectations of all Queenslanders, and people have until April 21 to have their say,” he said.

    Mr Finn said the NBN was providing important jobs and investment throughout Queensland.

    “The NBN rollout is worth $9 billion to Queensland’s economy and it will support 5,550 construction jobs,” he said.

    “It’s already full steam ahead with the NBN rollout in North Queensland.

    “A Digital Business Development Officer has been appointed to help local businesses prepare for the NBN roll-out in Townsville.

    “Townsville is one of five NBN first release sites, where local businesses and residents will be among the first in Australia to get the NBN.”

    The NBN discussion paper is available at www.getinvolved.qld.gov.au/consultqld/. People can also have their say on the NBN in Queensland by calling 1800 445 157 during business hours. Consultation closes 21 April 2011.

    Minister’s office 3225 2987