Newtown unwired – ZonSpot Wifi plan

Marrickville Council candidate Sylvie Ellsmore and City of Sydney Councillor and Greens Lord Mayoral Candidate Irene Doutney unveil plans for free wifi in main pedestrian and shopping strips streets across the two inner-city local government areas.

The Greens today unveiled their plan for free-wifi in main pedestrian and shopping strips streets across City of Sydney and Marrickville Councils.

City of Sydney Councillor and Greens Lord Mayoral Candidate Irene Doutney said “Sydney is one of the few major international capitals that doesn’t have a decent system of free internet access in our public spaces.”

“The Greens are committed to make this happen, with an initial trial in Newtown of solar powered free wifi hubs. The “ZonSpots” as they are called are innovative outdoor desks with free wifi powered by petal shaped solar panels which provide free energy and publicly display the use of solar power.

“This technology is available now and already being set up in Amsterdam It is cost-effective and environmentally sustainable. They would be perfect for a sunny city like Sydney” Clr Doutney said.

King Street, which is on the border of both City of Sydney and Marrickville Councils, is being considered by the Greens as the trial site for the ZonSpot Solar hubs 

Greens Lead North Ward Candidate in Marrickville, Ms Sylvie Ellsmore said: “Newtown is a hub for students, workers and tourists. It is a thriving small business district, and its cosmopolitan atmosphere makes it the perfect place to trial this idea.”

“Greens on Marrickville Council have long advocated for Council supported free wifi, and have previously pushed for free wifi along Marrickville Council’s main roads and shopping strips,” said Ms Ellsmore.

“It’s a simple, local action that Councils can take which is good for business, and good for our communities,” said Ms Ellsmore.

Clr Doutney added that the ZonSpots also provide a space for advertising and could be sponsored by sustainability companies and environmental projects which would make them more economical and raise the profile of renewable energy.

Contact: City of Sydney Councillor Irene Doutney 0416 410 374 or Greens Marrickville Candidate (North/ Wali) Sylvie Ellsmore 0403 977 213

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