Estate buyers copper served

COPPER cable will be installed in Avalon Estate at Wollongbar while a nearby estate will benefit from the ultra-fast fibre optic cable of the National Broadband Network.

Last week The Northern Star reported Telstra had told Avalon residents it could be "days, months or years" before landlines were connected to their new homes.

But Telstra area general manager Sue Passmore has said the estate will get fixed line telephone services in the near future. Residents had been contacted since The Northern Star's article.

"Telstra initiated a project prior to Christmas to install copper cable in the estate," she said. "This is expected to be completed by the end of February.

"We apologise for any confusion.

"Residents have been offered interim mobile services which will allow them to make calls as if from a fixed telephone line ... and ... charged at fixed line rates."

Developer Geoff Lawson has announced that his nearby Wollongbar Park Estate estate will be connected to the National Broadband Network from May with people moving in 2-3 months later.

And the NBN will also benefit homeowners in Tallowood Ridge estate at Mullumbimby.

Developer John Bennett said most of the blocks had already been sold and cabling would be finished on January 29, making Tallowood the Northern Rivers' first community to join the National Broadband Network.



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