Business

DIY skill secured NBN connection

Organising one of the first deployments of the NBN in the area was part timing and part DIY know-how he said.
Organising one of the first deployments of the NBN in the area was part timing and part DIY know-how he said.

A HANDY piece of do-it-yourself engineering by a property developer in Mullumbimby has made his site the first connected to the National Broadband Network on the Northern Rivers.

The fibre optic NBN was connected to the Tallowood Ridge village on Tuckeroo Rd, Mullumbimby earlier this month.

It is now waiting to be plugged into the first houses - being built now, the developer Peter Freeman said.

Organising one of the first deployments of the NBN in the area was part timing and part DIY know-how he said.

"When I put in the application to get the NBN I had already designed the fibre optic network for the site," Mr Freeman said.

"I downloaded the manuals from the NBN site and studied them as best I could. Then I went ahead and designed it. There was a steep learning curve."

The timing was also spot on.

"You had to be ready to go with the development at the time of the application and we were."

The other requirement was that the site contained more than 100 house plots. Tallowood Ridge had 240.

The Wollongbar Park Estate off Sneaths Rd is also due to be connected to the NBN ahead of the general rollout.

The NBN should be connected to the site before the first homes have been built in roughly two months, owner Geoff Lawson said.

To connect the Tallowood Ridge village to rest of the Australian network a mainline has been laid next to the road into the post office in Mullumbimby.

But this does not mean that areas of Mullumbimby situated near the mainline can be connected to the NBN ahead of the general rollout schedule.

New sites operated under a different set of rules to existing sites, a spokesperson for the NBN said.

 

DO YOU THINK THE NBN WILL HAVE MUCH IMPACT ON YOUR LIFE AND WORK? Leave a comment below.

Topics:  diy, internet, mullumbimby, nbn, northern rivers, technology




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

How Warwick's hospital could be stripped of $63m

Deuchar resident Trevor Ives is heading up a GetUp petition against Federal Government cuts of as much as $62.8 million to funding at Warwick Hospital.

Fight to stop funding cuts that could cost 32 doctors or 66 nurses

Agro’s back in Warwick for adults-only show

AGRO'S BACK: Australian TV icon Agro and his mate Jamie Dunn will be in Warwick for their Agro Up Late show on Saturday night.

Agro Up Late coming to Warwick RSL

Hats off to Australia’s young and hungry readers

HATS GALORE: Luca Mckenzie holds the book I Got This Hat, which he and his prep class read together for Simultaneous Storytime.

Children across Australia read as part of Simultaneous Storytime.

Latest deals and offers


She’ll be apples in Stanthorpe as festival kicks off

Jonathan Apple, festival president John Thouard, former Young Ambassadors Miriam Spina and Taylah Wantling and Isabella Grape welcomed the start of the 2016 Festival.

It’s a great start for the 10 days of festival ahead'

Sale nears on last large block of land in Coolum

The 43.37ha property on South Coolum Rd has sold.

South Coolum Rd property to be land banked

Caloundra’s former Centrepoint Buffet site up for sale

FOR SALE: The home of the old Centrepoint Buffet

Restaurant fined for unhygienic practices closed months ago