CORANGAMITE Shire councillor Chris O’Connor has questioned the value of the National Broadband Network, saying most of the traffic on the internet was pornography.
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Cr O’Connor was referring to Cr Makin’s mayor report which was presented at the council meeting on Tuesday night in Timboon.

In his report Cr Makin noted the NBN would drive the Corangamite Shire economy and facilitate growth and productivity but Cr O’Connor said he was bemused by the claims. “The $36 billion could be spent on a fast train or dual highway to Warrnambool,” he said.

“I thought your view was a bit over the top.

“It’s my understanding that half the traffic on the internet is porn and the rest is kids playing video games.

“I’m not against the NBN as such.

“What makes you so confident though the NBN is such a good thing?”

Cr O’Connor said he didn’t believe the NBN would benefit medical centres and hospitals because they were already well served with internet infrastructure.

“The reason I ask is the government hasn’t handled major infrastructure projects very well.”

Cr Makin said the NBN would provide important economic growth for the shire.

“A lot of services in the future will not be delivered in person but via the internet,” he said.

Cr Makin said there was no question of the gap between rural and metro areas in terms of health and education and the NBN would help bridge that gap.

The council also supported a two lot subdivision for Port Campbell, which it is hoped will open up development opportunities in the town’s commercial precinct.

Cr Steve Cumming said one of the objections to the planning application was raised on how it would eventually impact on views.

“It’s important to note there are quite a few VCAT battles within the Port Campbell precinct,” he said.

“It’s quite odd to object to a view. You don’t own a view and you can’t choose your neighbours.”

The planning application, at 28 Lord Street, was backed unanimously by the council and any future proposal for development on the site above one storey will need a planning permit.

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