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HOMES and businesses are confused and
being given misleading information about the
National Broadband Network, according to a
long-term Phillip Island IT specialist.
Steve Youle, who runs Youle Consulting, said
with the NBN now rolled out across most of
Phillip Island and San Remo – excluding some
areas such as Ventnor, Red Rocks and most of
Cowes west – problems were emerging.
He said following the roll- out of super-fast
broadband internet over the past two years
some homes and businesses were now being
told by telcos they need to move phone and
internet providers before May 11, 2018.
“ Given the teething problems I’m seeing,
I would advise not to rush, don’t connect to
the NBN until it’s absolutely necessary, ” s aid
Steve, who started Waterfront Computers in
Cowes in the early 90s.
“ I ’ve had clients who don’t even have the
internet told they have to move to the NBN.
Elderly people in particular are saying they’ve
been told their phones will be cut off.
“ May 2018 is a figure they’re putting out
there. With the switch from analogue to digi-
tal TV they kept extending it for four or five
years, so I can’t see them cutting the lines
quickly, especially for elderly residents.
“When ADSL internet first came on to the
island there were so many problems but then
after a while it improved. New technology
seems to struggle and then works itself out. ”
Steve said in recent months he had encoun-
tered numerous problems for new NBN users
across the island and Bass Coast.
“ There are people told it’s easy to switch
over but then they experience problems – one
island business had intermittent internet and
phones for six weeks, which impacted his
business, ” he said.
“ The biggest problem we find is that the
provider sends out the new gear and noth-
ing works. People are told they can install it
themselves but then find it won’t work so call
Eventually, the NBN will replace most exist-
ing landline and phone and internet networks
This means businesses and household-
ers are required to use VOIP or SIP phones,
which uses existing phones plugged into the
“ We had a business in Newhaven that was
on NBN and was having trouble hearing any-
one on the phone. It would cut in and out. It
was because they didn’t have enough internet
One of Steve’s residential customers re -
alised too late that her landline phone and
internet modem were in separate rooms.
“ Because the phone needs to be plugged
into the modem they have to be in the same
“ So she had to pay the phone guy to come
out and patch the line through from her
kitchen to the study. It can get expensive. ”
Steve advised anyone planning to switch to
the NBN to first check their non-standard de-
vices, which is anything that runs through a
phone line aside from the phone.
Devices such as faxes, alarms, EFTPOS ma-
chines and even buttons worn by the elderly
around their neck to call for help, may all be
unworkable under the NBN if run through a
“With alarms a module can be added to make
them work through the NBN but that will of
course be a cost to the client.
“As far as I know there’s no solution to medi-
cal buttons worn by the elderly.”
He said there were three main speeds with
NBN: 10 megabyte (which suits individuals), 25
megabyte (which suits a family) or 100 mega-
byte, with a few in between.
“Carriers call you up and say we can switch
you over to the NBN and save you $5 a month,
or $10 or whatever, and people go ahead and
are hooked up and then realise it’s so slow.
“While they may have had 17 meg under
ADSL, the new deal gives them 10 meg. They
then have to go up to the next plan and end up
“Whether they’re being misled or whether
they don’t know to ask the question, I don’t
know. But it’s a common issue.”
Steve said there were dozens of providers of-
fering NBN deals and it was generally easiest to
go with your current internet provider.
“There are plenty of deals out there, so you
can shop around. Make sure you get the same
amount of download.”
Steve was critical of the current government’s
fibre to the node, preferring the previous gov-
ernment’s plan for fibre to the premises (all the
way to people’s homes).
“People just aren’t getting the speeds they
need and it’s causing issues. If you’re a fam-
ily and someone is downloading on the inter-
net then you can experience problems with the
phone, for instance.”
NBN confusion for island internet users
FOR the past 12 months, a special police
unit has been operating throughout the Bass
Coast and South Gippsland shires in a bid to
make an extra impact on crime.
The Bass Coast Tasking Unit is a four man
team headed by Detective Acting Sergeant
(DAS) Adrian Condron and three other se-
nior constables from across the region. One
is a local officer S/C Nick Carlson from the
Cowes Police Station, with the other two
from the Leongatha and Wonthaggi stations.
This unit has been effective since last Jan-
uary and is an initiative of the Bass Coast
Police Service Inspector. It is different to that
of every day policing in the way it operates
and in the way its officers are trained.
After their appointment, these officers
spent the first three months at the Wonthaggi
Police Station being taught the skills that en-
able them to respond to crime in a detective-
As DAS Condron explains, this training
focuses on up-skilling its members so they
can undertake investigative tasks such as
conducting prolonged interviews and in the
execution of warrants.
“I t means that we can dedicate our time
to a specific crime – as in burglaries, thefts
and drug trafficking – and support local po -
lice who do not have the time or expertise to
handle these matters, ” Adrian said.
“I t essentially gives the region greater
flexibility in having resources available to
respond to crime trends in particular loca-
tions, ” he said.
In some cases, and where the situation
warrants, they act as plain clothes detectives
or on other occasions they can don their po -
lice gear and work alongside their uniform
comrades for events such as Schoolies and
Although it is still in its early stages, the
tasking unit has already been a positive in-
clusion in policing within the region. Up un-
til December last year it had processed over
75 offenders across the area (relating to bur-
glaries, thefts and drugs) and executed over
50 search warrants on premises.
One of their major involvements occurred
prior to Christmas when they arrested sev-
en members of a drug trafficking syndicate
which was operating out of Wonthaggi. This
also resulted in the unit seizing a quantity of
drugs and firearms.
During the current summer holiday sea-
son, the tasking unit has been out and about
in the more popular coastal areas assisting
local police with the influx of visitors and as-
sociated crime activities.
The majority of these have been house bur-
glaries and theft from vehicles in public car
In working undercover, in plain clothes,
these officers have been successful in appre -
hending and identifying the offenders. Their
less visible presence enables these officers
to go about their work more efficiently and
Along with fighting crime, this new unit is
also proactive in its purpose.
“While we’re here to bolster police numbers
and help in controlling crime we are proac-
tive in our investigations and in ultimately
preventing crime,” DAS Condron said.
This can be done he believes by working
with those who reoffend and in helping them
to mend their ways.
“We are also targeting the reoffenders and
directing them to services or agencies that
are available and specific to their needs.
Rather than waiting for them to reoffend, we
are helping them to help themselves,” Adrian
The Bass Coast Tasking Unit will continue
to operate out of the Wonthaggi Police Sta-
tion during the coming year.
New police unit puts
added pressure on crime
PHILLIP ISLAND & SAN REMO
BASS Coast Shire Council has received
$1.35 million in funding to improve road
safety along sections of road in Woodleigh
and Coronet Bay.
Funded by the Federal Government’s Black
Spot program, the works will be done along
Woodleigh St Helier Road from Nyora St He-
lier Road to 115 Woodleigh St Helier Road
In Coronet Bay, they will be done along
Agar Road between Soldiers Road and Co -
“Black Spot projects target those road lo -
cations where crashes are occurring, ” Bass
Coast Mayor, Cr Pamela Rothfield said.
“The emphasis of this program is to reduce
the number of crashes and level severity. ”
Council will appoint contractors to under-
take the works, with construction planned to
begin in late February and completed in late
May, subject to contractor availability and
The works will primarily consist of sign
improvement works and road safety barrier
installation along sections of Woodleigh St
Helier Road, and of widening the road, seal-
ing of new shoulders and installation of road
safety barriers along sections of Agar Road.
There may be disruptions to the public and
road users during these works.
Council will try to minimise the inconve-
nience to all road users and surrounding
businesses and residents.
For information or assistance during this
project, contact the council’s Infrastructure
Delivery Team on 1300 BCOAST (226 278)
or 5671 2211, or visit www.basscoast.vic.
gov.au/projects for the latest updates.
Bass Coast gets $1.35m
for road safety works
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