Free WiFi across Geelong
September 18, 2022 / 11:30 pm
Fast, free, public WiFi is now available across areas in Central Geelong, Norlane and Corio.
The City of Greater Geelong has worked with ENE.Hub, AArnet, Superloop and Swoop Broadband to install 19 “smart poles” in key business, tourism, recreation and cultural precincts in Geelong and the northern suburbs.
Smart Poles dotted across the region have free WiFi, LED lighting, wireless charging outlets, electric vehicle chargers, CCTV and motion sensors, all of which enabling the City of Greater Geelong to adopt ‘smart city’ features.
Part of the project was funded with $1.8m of State Government funding, making it easier for locals and visitors alike to connect with loved ones, achieve work or study goals and boost business.
Similar projects have been rolled out in Ballarat, Bendigo and Shepparton.
Geelong Mayor Peter Murrihy said the ‘smart poles’ are at key points across the Geelong region
“Free public wi-fi is an important way to increase digital inclusion – whether it’s at iconic sites such as the Geelong Waterfront and Kardinia Park, or at community meeting spots in Norlane and Corio.”
Member for Geelong Christine Couzens said the project is about having equal access to technology for all Geelong residents
“As we build more digital connectivity here in Geelong, we are also helping to bridge the digital divide by making sure everyone has access to high-speed internet and better connecting them with the online world.”
Minister for Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital Economy Jaala Pulford said this project is part of $130 million dollars the State Government has spent in improving connectivity in regional Victoria
“Free public WiFi gives everyone access to the internet and online platforms, so they can apply for jobs, find out what time their train leaves, shop online or book an appointment – it ensures no-one is left behind.”
“Our investment in digital infrastructure makes it easier for residents and businesses to access the internet and stay connected, while also maximising the tourist experience of the wonderful greater Geelong region.”
Image: Mayor of the City of Greater Geelong Peter Murrihy, Member for Geelong Christine Couzens, Labor candidate for Lara Ella George, standing in front a new ‘smart pole’ installed in Geelong’s CBD