Grantham fast-tracked for NBN
LOCKYER Valley Regional Council Mayor Steve Jones is backing the decision to make Grantham one of the first towns in Australia to connect to the National Broadband Network.
This is despite mixed emotions from the town's residents.
The high-speed internet connection will be included in the new estate being built to house 150 residents whose houses were destroyed in the January floods.
"This is a very important step in rebuilding Grantham and will help encourage new families to consider moving here," Cr Jones said.
"When we decided to move the town to higher ground we never planned to just move it, but to make it better."
The connection will give Grantham residents connection speeds up to 10 times faster than most Australians already have.
Farmer Derek Schulz, one of the 150 residents relocating to the new estate, however feels the money would be better spent elsewhere.
"The internet connection we have here at the moment works fine even if you may have to wait a short amount of time here and there for something to load," he said.
"The money would be better off spent on highways and hospitals where it's truly needed.
"Let's get Australia back on its feet before getting involved in something like this."
The project is due to be completed before the end of the year.