Thursday, November 10, 2011

No Phones.... NBN in limbo

In the simple attempts to connect STANDARD services in out new home at Glenmore Ridge we have run in to some major problems.

We have called Telstra to connect the phone line and they gave us a new number on the spot. They took a booking to come and connect the telephone line to the street on Monday.

I got a call today and they have cancelled the installation because.... wait for it.... there is not services in our street and probably for most of the Glenmore Ridge Estate.


I will attempt to outline below

  • As part of the Governments plan for the National Broadband Network (NBN) Fibre is to be rolled out across Australia - This is to be done by NBN Co Ltd
  • Telstra normally roll out copper underground cables in the pits/tunnels that the developer lays in new estates
  • Because fibre will eventually be rolled out by NBN Co Ltd, Telstra have decided that installing copper cables in the ground is not a good commercial decision as it will be ripped out and replaced with fibre in the future
  • So with NBN CO Ltd being the people responsible for providing our servives Telstra has absolutely no responsibility to provide and copper services whilst we wait for the fibre rollout across Australia
  • Telstra do however HAVE TO provide houses with a home phone SO with no copper cable you could demand a satellite phone from them - I am sure at massive prices
  • This means that you cannot get a normal home phone, ADSL internet, back to base alarms or anything else that goes over a standard phone line
  • This means that the online internet that you can get is either 3g i.e a usb dongle OR Telstra's more expensive 4g
After speaking with Telstra they advised to call my local MP (which is David Bradbury) to advise him of the situation. I sent an email yesterday and they advised they would get back to me.

I also spoke with Stockland who appeared to already know that this was an issue and would also get back to me.

I will be calling NBN CO tommorrow to see when they plan to roll out services into the area. After I speak to the NBN CO I will find out how far services are from being installed. I have read other blogs and there are 1000's of other people in new estates in the same position as us.

I am also keen to know how long Stockland has know about this and why this is the first I have heard of this issue. Considering I paid full price for my land and dont even have standard services I am FAR FROM IMPRESSED.... 

What an absolute GARGABE situation ..... updates to follow

Friday, October 28, 2011

Welcome to Mulgoa!!

Ok so here is the story...

Got my rates notice in the mail and appears that there is a change to the suburb we live in.

We were.... Lot1007 Gullinulla Place Glenmore Park NSW 2745 but are now 7 Gallinulla Place Mulgoa NSW 2745.

I called council this morning and they have confirmed it.... Our suburb is now MULGOA

That being said and seeing we are Mulgoa residents and not Glenmore Park residents I would love for Stockland to hurry up and open our new entrance from Bradley Street so I dont have to keep going through Glenmore Park to get to our block. Its annoying driving 1.6kms down the northern road, and then having to drive back when its closed....

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Handover 11/11/11

Well handover is supposed to be 10/11 or 11/11 depending on a few things.

There are final painting touch ups, shower screens, walk in robe, water tank, appliances, turf, external ceiling fan and a few other little things that need to be finished.

We can't wait but I am sure that the next 2 weeks is going to be the slowest that we have experienced.

Any no pics to update but things are looking good and will post some more pictures when we have something new to show.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

House Pictures

I have been meaning to take some photos for the past week or so and finally got around to it. Below is where we are up to so far.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Home Stretch...

Well things have been going to plan and thought I would post an update. Lots happened last week and we are hoping that the same happens this week.

We have been told that we should expect the following this week

  • Front portico pillars will be rendered and painted
  • Front driveway and path to be poured
  • Wardrobes and showerscreens to be installed
  • Tiling to be grouted
  • Site cleared and levelled ready for topsoil and turf
  • Concrete floor polishing finalised
After the above is done I think that all we have left to do is the following
  • Install bath, toilets, mirrors and bathroom accessories
  • Painting touchups
  • Front entrance and kitchen splashback tiling
  • Plumber and electrical final fitout
  • Carpet
  • Kitchen appliances
  • Water Tank
  • Blinds
  • Ceiling fan in alresco
We can't be far away from keys now.....

Monday, October 3, 2011

Enter October

Well we are now starting the first week of October and things have been going along well.

We are pretty excited that we might get to see some cool stuff happening this week.

I think the tiler will be on site to do the bathrooms, laundry and kitchen splashback. We can't wait to see how they turn out when they are done.

If the tiler is there I would also expect the kitchen benchtops to be installed so he can do the splashback - fingers crossed.

I will post an update later in the week...

UPDATE: Kitchen Benchtops installed....  Bathrooms and Laundry tiling 50% done..... Painting 80% done.... internal doors hung/painted and handles installed.... Apparently they are going to cut the driveway and clear the site this week as well... cant wait...

Sucks being locked out thought! wish we could have a look inside!!

Looks like our Ivan is back to finish the floors so might be able to have a look over the weekend!!! Fingers crossed!!

Friday, September 30, 2011

Some Photos

Here are some internal shots of the house that we took this week...