Council will consider options for the roll-out of Wi-Fi in the City Centre at its meeting on Monday night [27 February].
Several roll-out options will be considered alongside potential economic, social and cultural benefits. Wollongong City Lord Mayor Councillor Gordon Bradbery OAM said free Wi-Fi in the City Centre would have significant benefits for the city.
“Each year more than 10 million people visit the Wollongong City Centre,” Cr Bradbery said. “Wi-Fi would encourage people to stay longer, allowing them to do business or browse the web whilst out and about.”
Council will consider the following zones as potential roll-out areas for Wi-Fi:
• Crown Street Mall (ie, Crown St between Keira & Kembla St)
• Crown Street (between Gladstone Ave and Corrimal St)
• Extended CBD area
Cr Bradbery said a connected City Centre would open the way for better use of technology in the city. “A connected City Centre will encourage the development of smarter business and social sharing, such as GPS-enabled smart phone applications. Electronic billboards and interactive retail promotions are also possibilities.
“Council recognises the revitalisation of the City Centre as critical to Wollongong maintaining its status as a regional centre. Wi-Fi will help activate the City Centre and improve the image of the city.”
For more information visit Council's website.