Council working toward high speed broadband for local businesses

Burnie City Council is continuing to explore avenues to ensure local businesses are not disadvantaged by the Federal government policy on rolling out the National Broadband Network.

Mayor Anita Dow said that Council continued to be extremely concerned that regional cities such as Burnie would be disadvantaged with a continued reliance on the existing copper network, rather than high sped optic fibre.

“When regional cities need every assistance to attract businesses, we are facing a comparative disadvantage compared to metropolitan areas.”

“Council is continuing discussions with the Federal Government and the NBN Co, to understand how local businesses can access high speed fibre in a cost effective manner”.

“Council’s preference is the roll out of Fibre to the Premises in the Burnie CBD, and in the industrial areas of South Burnie and Wivenhoe. However it appears that a whole of area technology switch  may be outside the resource capacity of local government, and so Council is exploring other means to assist businesses requiring access to high speed broadband, potentially through a private – public partnership.”

For further information please contact

Janine Phillips
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
03 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728

Email: jphillips@burnie.net