A number of areas in Western Australia’s south west are getting ready to connect to the NBN, with the service now available or under construction on more than 70,000 premises throughout the region.

Strategic Manager Infrastructure for the South West Development Commission, Ashley Clements, said with an increasing number of people choosing to call the South-West home each year, access to fast and reliable broadband was essential for the region to remain economically and socially competitive.

“By 2050, the South West Regional Blueprint estimates about 500,000 people will reside in the region and an important part of absorbing this population and driving innovation is having the right infrastructure in place,” Ms Clements said.

Around 2,200 premises in Bunbury are expected to switch on from the end of October 2016, joining around 24,000 premises in Carey Park, College Grove, Davenport, East Bunbury, Eaton, Gelorup, Glen Iris, Millbridge, Pelican Point, South Bunbury, Usher, Vittoria and Withers.

More than 1,800 premises in parts of Busselton, West Busselton, Yalyalup and Bovell are also now able to connect to the nbn with Abbey, Broadwater, Geographe, Marybrook and Vasse continuing to switch on into early 2017.

From early November 2016 about 3,600 local residents and businesses within Collie and Allanson will be able to switch to the nbn.

nbn fixed line construction is also underway in Harvey, Myalup, Binningup and recently Australind, Leschenault, Roelands, Dunsborough, Eagle Bay and Quindalup which commenced this month.  In total, these areas will cover a total of around 13,900 premises.

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