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And on the web...
The Moorabool Shire Council website is also a terrific source
of information that all ratepayers can access at any time.
Planning documents, community services, rates information,
roads, infrastructure and emergency management resources
are just some of the records available.
LISTEN TO THIS...
In our endeavours to make more information available to
more people, Moorabool Shire Council has for some time
been producing audio versions of its publications for people
with a print disability.
The audio, and audio-visual, compact discs are produced for
council by Vision Australia, but people with print disabilities
are not only those with blindness or low vision. For some it
is a physical challenge.
CEO Rob Croxford acknowledges more than 200,000
Australians experience some form of print disability. “For
some people a physical document, book or magazine isn’t
the preferred form of communication. We provide audio
versions of public documents so that more people can access
Documents available in audio versions include this newsletter,
Moorabool Matters, which also has Braille packaging so
residents can easily identify the publication date.
Council also keeps audio copies of the CFA Fire Ready Kit;
essential for people with a print disability to prepare for
For more information please contact Customer Service on
SO, WHAT IS THIS NBN ALL
You may have heard that some areas of Moorabool have been
chosen as sites for the ‘second release’ rollout of the National
Broadband Network. Bacchus Marsh has been named, along
with 14 other locations in Australia, to receive the Fibre To
The Premises (FTTP) network first.
But what does that mean to you?
The National Broadband Network will mean better, faster
communications between people and organisations (including
the Council). It will also mean more choice.
FTTP Broadband is a high speed, ‘always on’ means of
communication. Many people already have broadband access
for their computers, but the National Broadband Network
will also allow you to receive telephone, television, internet,
education, health services, security services and even video
conferencing (such as Skype) all through the one small cable,
and very, very fast.
It’s the real information super-highway, and this highway carries
an enormous amount of traffic and does not slow down when
there are more users.
If you don’t use the internet or feel you have the need for high
speed downloads, you can also benefit from the NBN because
you can choose who provides your telephone services. You
can keep your existing telephone, too. Connecting your home
to NBN’s FTTP doesn’t mean you have to sign up for the full
range of services either.
It’s also a boon for people operating small businesses from
home. All of the communications required by a business will
be catered for by the FTTP.
In the near future, people in the Bacchus Marsh area will
be contacted by NBN Co, who have been given the job
of installing NBN boxes onto homes and businesses. They
are not the provider of your telephone or internet services;
for that you will continue to deal with Telstra, Optus, or
whichever provider you choose.
In fact, having an NBN fibre cable attached to your house
doesn’t mean you have to change anything if you don’t want
to. Your existing service provider will contact you at some
stage to inform you of a change-over to the NBN but who
uses it, how you use it and the services you choose will be
up to you.
A few more key points about NBN:
Prices will be set by service providers, as it happens now.
Billing system won’t change.
Your existing telephone handset will still work.
The TTY and National Relay Service will still operate as
they do now.
Some good information, including an easy-to-understand
‘Guide for Consumers’ is available at www.nbnco.com.au
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