Restaurant workers Deepak Kumar (right) and Deepak Singh now have a working line.
Restaurant workers Deepak Kumar (right) and Deepak Singh now have a working line. Kara Irving

Services hooked in at last

BUSINESSES at the new Kirkwood Rd shopping centre in New Auckland are starting to feel connected two months after the complex opened to the public.

Yesterday most businesses at the new centre confirmed they had a functioning landline telephone, internet and EFTPOS connection.

The resolution comes after some businesses waited up to eight weeks to receive a landline connection.

In one instance, workers at the Indian Balti restaurant relied on their personal mobiles to make and receive calls for business.

The small business claims it spent money to print menus and flyers with a landline number that didn't work.

"We had someone phone us and sort it out last week," worker Deepak Kumar said.

Indian Balti director Pushpa Ajay Bakshi said some people were driving from Tannum Sands to make a dinner booking because they couldn't get in touch.

"We've seen a spike in business since we got our phones sorted out," Mr Kumar said.

This comes after an impromptu visit by Liberal Nationals senator Barnaby Joyce and Federal Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd, who noted the need for the NBN.