Wynyard connected to free Wi-Fi service

SITTING in Civic Park with your iPad and a takeaway coffee will be the thing to do in Wynyard now there is free Wi-Fi.

ONLINE: Waratah-Wynyard Mayor Robby Walsh, councillor Colleen Dibley and Deputy Mayor Alwyn Friedersdorff use free Wi-Fi. Picture: Grant Wells.

Yesterday, the Waratah-Wynyard Council launched the free Wi-Fi hotspot at Civic Square with a free sausage sizzle.

While it took three years to get this project off the ground, the council was hopeful it would make an impact.

Waratah-Wynyard Mayor Robby Walsh said Somerset and Waratah would also receive Wi-Fi hotspots towards the end of the financial year.

‘‘We’re moving with the times, it shows we are a forward-thinking organisation,’’ Cr Walsh said.

Councillor Colleen Dibley and former councillor Clayton Hawkins were the drivers of the project, with the idea coming from Cr Dibley’s daughter-in-law.

‘‘Colleen, being a wide traveller, has seen the need for connection,’’ Cr Walsh said.

Cr Dibley explained that the town her daughter-in-law lived in, Richmond, New South Wales, had installed free Wi-Fi a number of years ago.

‘‘They talked about the fact it would stop all the vandalism and people misbehaving,’’ Cr Dibley said.

‘‘And it did get to the stage where people were happily sitting on their devices in the park.’’

Cr Dibley suggested Civic Park, Wynyard for the hotspot, as it was central and there were about seven takeaways within walking distance.

‘‘To me having Wi-Fi access while travelling was important because I needed to keep in touch with home and the council,’’ Cr Dibley said.

‘‘I don’t have coverage at home either so I look forward to coming here.

‘‘It’s a service I think people will grow to appreciate,’’ Cr Dibley said.

To use the hotspot users need to check their wireless device and connect to SSID: WYN-HOTSPOT.

For more information please visit www.warwyn.tas.gov.au/wifi.

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