The company formed to rollout and run the national broadband network in Tasmania has held its first board meeting.
Mark Kelleher, Dr Daniel Norton and Sean Woellner have been appointed as the board’s last three members. Their appointments add to the four existing directors to bring the total to seven.
The Tasmanian National Broadband Network Company (TNBNco), which was announced mid last month, is a subsidiary of NBNco and jointly owned by Aurora Energy.
In a statement the Tasmanian Premier, David Bartlett, said the board’s finalisation marked a major milestone in the road to a finished NBN.
“This infrastructure will deliver significant social benefits to the Tasmanian community and lead to the development of many new generation industries and new generation jobs,” the statement said.
“I am very pleased with the calibre of the board of TNBN Co, who can now get on with the job of constructing a super fast fibre to the premise network that will ultimately connect 200,000 Tasmanian homes and businesses over the next five years.”
New board member, Kelleher has previously held financial and strategy positions in Telstra. He worked for Hydro Tasmania for 12 years and in 2005 became the inaugural managing director for Roaring 40s.
Norton is the current chairman of the Tasmanian Ports Corporation and a former chief executive of both Hydro Tasmania and TNBNco partner, Aurora Energy.
Woellner has a background in infrastructure projects thanks to his tenure as CEO at Tenix Alliance from 2006 to 2008. Between 1982 and 2000, Woellner worked for construction firm, Leighton Contracors.
According to the statement, the first trenches for the NBN will be tug in October with new fibre connections to the first premises in Tasmania made by December. The first services are expected in July 2010.