Minister Conroy and Member for Flynn Chris Trevor visit Gladstone State High School.
Minister Conroy and Member for Flynn Chris Trevor visit Gladstone State High School. Chrissy Harris

Another minister rolls into town

GLADSTONE should have been the first place for the Federal Government’s national broadband rollout.

And that’s what Gladstone Area Promotions and Development Limited chairman Peter Corones told Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy Senator Stephen Conroy yesterday.

The Minister was in Gladstone to check how Gladstone State High School’s laptop program was rolling out and to talk to GAPDL about its project GROW (Gladstone Region Online Webolution).

Project GROW co-ordinator Amanda Gonzo said the project was about being proactive rather than reactive.

She said workshop feedback showed Gladstone Region businesses were still having issues with connectivity.

Senator Conroy could not give a definite timeframe for when Gladstone would get the National Broadband Network (NBN) rolled out, indicating the region was not among the 19 that will be rolled out early next year, but the timeframe for Gladstone would be known within the next year.

“The NBN engineers are the ones that have designed the network roll-out,” Mr Conroy said.

He said the Federal Government had been encouraging councils to put in submissions outlining why their areas needed NBN and why they believe they needed it straight away.

While visiting GAPDL, Member for Flynn Chris Trevor announced the Labor Government would continue to fund the Communities for Children services in Gladstone.

“Our Government has approved funding of up to $570,000 to keep the Communities for Children service running in Gladstone until at least 2012. Communities for Children, run by the Gladstone Regional Council and GAPDL, aims to deliver positive and sustainable outcomes for ‘at risk’ children,” Mr Trevor said.



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