Broadband on the way for The Channon

Broadband on the way for The Channon

Residents of The Channon have welcomed Telstras decision to upgrade the villages exchange to enable access to high-speed broadband internet.

Village locals recently campaigned for broadband access, presenting the Lismore Telstra office with a list of 150 residents who wanted the new service, saying the lack of broadband access was hindering business and study opportunities.

Telstra Countrywide general manager Sue Passmore said yesterday that approval had been given for a project to upgrade The Channon exchange to enable broadband access.

This is good news for The Channon and there are also other local exchanges were working on under this project, Ms Passmore said.

She said it could take up to 15 weeks for the upgrade to be completed, and residents could check on its progress on Telstras broadband website.

University student and new mum Martha Beasley of The Channon said while she wouldnt be popping any champagne corks until the service was up and running, she was certainly pleased to see progress.

Its great news were really happy, said Martha.

Visitor Centre closes for renovations

The Lismore Visitor Information Centre (VIC) will be closed from Monday, November 13 to Tuesday, November 21, for a minor facelift that will reflect the new look of the recently released Lismore Visitor Guide.

While gifts and souvenirs wont be on sale, Lismore Councils Mobile Education Resource Van will be located in the car park adjacent to Heritage Park during the refurbishments, with tourism staff able to handle any enquiries.

According to Councils tourism services co-ordinator, Mitch Lowe, the renovations mean one of the VICs oldest residents will have to find a new home.

Since the VIC first opened in 1988, a huge rainbow snake has adorned the ceiling. The 49-metre snake was created as part of the VICs opening display, with community and school groups contributing a series of panels that linked together to form the colourful snake.

Now, after more than 18 years of dedicated service, the giant rainbow snake is going into hibernation.

The snake has been a popular attraction and an integral part of the VIC, however, time and the elements have finally taken their toll, leaving it in a very deteriorated and fragile condition, Mitch said. As the rainbow snake originated as a community art project, the VIC is inviting the community to help determine its future. We are particularly interested to hear from the groups who donated panels.

For more info phone Mitch on 6626 0105.

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