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TWO WELLS and some parts of Gawler
are now able to access faster internet
speeds, after the National Broadband
Network was recently switched on in the
The network is designed to increase
download and upload speed and hopes to
bring greater opportunity for residents in
connected-up regions, according to NBN
state corporate affairs manager Jill Bottrall.
"While the NBN network is currently
available to 30 per cent of South
Australians, mainly in regional areas, over
the next six months about 50 per cent of
properties across regional and metropolitan
Adelaide are forecast to gain access to it."
Two Wells Internet Service business owner
Neville Seccafien said he expects the NBN
will show improved speeds.
However, with the choice of connection
already out there, he doesn't expect it to be
"It will be faster, because on the ADSL
we have at Two Wells, I get anywhere
between four and 12 megabytes, so this
will definitely be an improvement," he
"But the fact that they have gone fibre to
the node, whereas fibre to the house is
"(However), I think that is what a lot of
country towns will get: fibre to the node."
Mr Seccafien said he doesn't believe
that Two Wells will undergo any major
changes from the NBN, but rather
residential development in the town is
more likely to create changes.
"I think life will be very much the same,
although it will present those slightly faster
internet speeds, I don't think it will present
any really major opportunities," he said.
"I think the subdivision and the increased
population is likely to have more effect."
From a business perspective, Mr Seccafien
expects all to operate as usual and doesn't
believe there will be significant changes
coming to his store.
"It will certainly improve internet access...
and will have an effect on some people,
but I don't think it will change too much,"
GAWLER motorists have been
urged to boycott local service
stations charging high fuel prices
for a "quick cash grab".
One station in Gawler's main
street yesterday posted a pump
price for unleaded of 143.9c/L
-- compared to the state's 120c/L
average -- while diesel prices
jumped to 136.9c/L across the
RAA technical advisory service
manager Andrew Clark said the
price hike was "unjustified", and
suspects this particular station
was heading a potential fuel spike
across the state, with the average
wholesale fuel price hovering
"We are aware of another Coles
outlet, closer to the CBD, which
has also brought their pricing up,
so it looks like they maybe trying
to lead a price spike over the next
few days," he said.
"It is a cash grab and there's
absolutely no reason at all for
prices to be that high.
"There have been some small
increases in commodity prices and
the crude oil pricing, but not to
the extent that we are seeing with
regards to the end price at the
"We can only presume they are
targeting recreational drivers
-- people who are going away for
extended periods of time over the
Christmas and new year's break.
"This seems to be happening
nationwide and retailers are being
criticised for holding prices high."
Mr Clark predicts unleaded and
diesel prices to remain high over
the Christmas break and new year
"There doesn't seem to be a lot of
good news on the forefront -- we
are seeing very high diesel prices,"
"In the middle of December,
diesel prices virtually went up
10c/L, without any reason, and
Gawler is also seeing that level of
"Adelaide, including Gawler, has
the highest diesel prices in the
nation (the capital cities).
"Gawler does tend to follow the
CBD and inner metro trends, but
we do note that, from time to time,
Gawler can be a little slow to drop
"We are worried retailers are not
going to pass on fairer prices."
Mr Clark encouraged local
motorists to shop around in order
to save a buck.
"It still pays to shop around and
there are a number of websites
and apps that you can use now to
look up prices and plan your trip,"
"The only places where you'll
find stations selling diesel at the
right price are the truck stops and
some of the smaller independent
"If you find it at a good price, fill
the tank right up."
Boycott high fuel prices
Gawler Coles Express posted a pump price for unleaded of 143.9c/L ‒ one of the highest in the state ‒ yesterday
PHOTO: Laura Tilley
Diesel prices spiked by about 10c/L in the middle of December.
It still pays to shop
around and there
are a number of websites
and apps that you can use
now to look up prices and
plan you trip.
‒ ANDREW CLARK
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