Bundaberg local Deborah Mead has been appointed as NBN's new business lead for Wide Bay and Central Queensland.
Bundaberg local Deborah Mead has been appointed as NBN's new business lead for Wide Bay and Central Queensland.

NEW ROLE: $2 billion investment sees more support for region

Local businesses and households will now receive on-the-ground support with a team of community engagement managers and business leaders being appointed in regional areas including the Wide Bay.

Bundaberg local Deborah Mead who has lived in the region for the last 13 years, has been selected as NBN’s new business lead for Wide Bay and Central Queensland.

Head of NBN Local Queensland Kylie Lindsay said with 99% of regional Australia now able to connect to the network, the new roles would help lift Australia’s digital capabilities now and into the future.

“As part of our commitment to regional Australia we have set up a Wide Bay Burnett and surrounds team which includes Deborah Mead,” Ms Lindsay said.

“Deb is a regional Queenslander at heart and has spent a significant amount of time living in the Wide Bay Burnett region with her husband and two daughters.”

With a Bachelor’s degree in administration (tourism) and Masters in business administration Deborah has diverse experience in assisting the local community and businesses.

The former AusIndustry regional manager for Central Queensland spent the last decade helping businesses to build capabilities, opportunities and overcome challenges.

Throughout her career Deborah has managed significant stakeholder networks including for local and state governments as well as industry and community groups.

“Deborah is really well connected and committed to the local area so the benefit for the region is having somebody who is on the ground and knows what it’s like to work, live and educate their kids there,” Ms Lindsay said.

“She’s a local champion for the region and if people have got questions or problems they’ve got someone who lives locally that they can reach out to.”

Bundaberg local Deborah Mead has been appointed as NBN's new business lead for Wide Bay and Central Queensland.
Bundaberg local Deborah Mead has been appointed as NBN's new business lead for Wide Bay and Central Queensland.

Ms Lindsay said while the organisation has always been committed to Bundaberg and the surrounds, Deborah’s appointment would further cement this commitment.

She said NBN Local Queensland listens to the needs of customers throughout the state and use this feedback to build the products that they can use wherever they are based.

“Now more than ever we are placing a stronger focus on helping all Australians make the most of fast broadband,” Ms Lindsay said.

“We are investing $2 billion in improving regional Australia’s digital backbone to help give customers access to higher wholesale broadband speeds and greater network capabilities.”

In addition to the Wide Bay Burnett region local staff are now based in Far North, North and Central Queensland as well as the Whitsundays, Darling Downs and the South West.

“It is exciting to announce that we are boosting our efforts to lift the digital capability of regional and remote areas,” Ms Lindsay said.

“These appointments are significant as each member of the team strengthens our commitment to regional and remote Queensland.”

It comes after NBN announced last month that it would establish 240 business fibre zones across the country as part of a $700 million investment to support business growth, productivity and innovation.

Ms Lindsay said this would see thousands of regional businesses access a fast, reliable and strong connection with the same level of support and pricing structure as Brisbane’s CBD.

NBN estimates this will benefit 3300 business in Bundaberg as well as 1846 in Gladstone, 1375 in Gympie and 1100 in Maryborough.

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