Nathan Rees wants NBN HQ too

Nathan Rees wants NBN HQ too

Summary: The NSW Government has jumped on the National Broadband Network bandwagon, pushing to have the headquarters of the planned government corporation within its borders.

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The NSW Government has jumped on the National Broadband Network bandwagon, pushing to have the headquarters of the planned government corporation within its borders.

(Sydney's Skyline image by Steffen Dubouis, CC2.0)

"The NSW Government is certainly putting in a bid to be the home base for the National Broadband Network and we will be making strong representations to the Federal Government on this important issue and do our utmost to gain more jobs for NSW," a spokesperson for the government said.

NSW was the nation's premier state and Australia's business and finance capital, the spokesperson continued. 76 per cent of regional headquarters were located in Sydney along with 46 per cent of specialist ICT businesses, according to the spokesperson, who pointed out that Sydney was also the financial hub of the country with 83 per cent of foreign and domestic banks.

"Financing is critical and Sydney/NSW will provide the best access," the spokesperson said. "Sydney has the best chance of attracting international investors — only NSW has the talent pool to provide the skills necessary for successful implementation."

In addition, NSW led research and development expenditure, with the state spending $3.8 billion in the 2006/2007 financial year, the spokesperson concluded.

Queensland and Victoria have already put forward their own calls to have the corporation based in their own domains.

A spokesperson for the South Australian Minister for Science and Information Economy said that SA was seeking more information from the Federal Government about the project and what it would mean for the state.

A spokesperson for Western Australian Treasurer Troy Buswell said that WA was still considering details of the federal plan for the NBN.

Topics: NBN, Broadband, Government, Government AU

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  • About time

    Mr Rees is a bit behind with his request though if you look at Labor's performance with other state services it is easy to see why.
    anonymous
  • And so it begins...

    Rather than have the new NBN organisation make its own decision based on solid business and technical grounds, the location of the organisation's headquarters is going to be decided based on interstate rivalries and petty political grand-standing, is it?

    How history repeats. In the old Telecom Australia days, it was forced to pander to the egos of the then Premiers by carving up different bits of its headquarters roles from its original home in Melbourne to Sydney and Brisbane. The only organisation that benefitted was Qantas (or TAA/Australian Airlines as it was back then).
    anonymous
  • One problem

    As long as NSW has their outdated and stupid payroll tax system no company will want to establish themselves there ... public or private. Although I am a NSW resident I see no compelling reason why NSW should even be considered let alone be the NBN's new home.
    anonymous
  • NSW regulations backwards

    I am embarrased that our premier now wants to jump in and grab the NBN when what it is essentailly an uncaring, incompetent and out of touch NSW state beurocracy that has put NSW so far behind the other states in terms of fibre rollout. Unbelievably some councils even still require "Telstra approval" before a Greenfields development goes ahead !. Come on Rees, do the hard yards like Qld, get your beurocracies act together, try and understand the industry from a state level and only then make the grab.
    anonymous