Free wifi trial goes live

Media Release 23 October 2013

Council’s free wifi trial has gone live this week, with the last trial site in Enmore Park to be launched on Monday. The free wifi trial was implemented following a sustained campaign by the Greens through Marrickville Council, over a period of more than two years.

Greens Councillors Sylvie Ellsmore said, “I am absolutely thrilled that Marrickville Council’s free wifi plan is finally online.

“The Greens have been championing free or low cost wireless internet to be rolled out across the Local Government Area. We were successful in implementing the trial as a first step through a resolution of Marrickville Council in July.

“The wifi will be available in six trial sites at our most popular parks and public places. In Camperdown Memorial Park we are also trialling a solar powered hub.

“Free wifi encourages our residents to work and play outdoors, and importantly supports people with low incomes, including students, to enjoy our public parks and spaces.

Greens Councillors Melissa Brooks and Sylvie Ellsmore with local resident at Camperdown Memorial Park

Greens Councillors Melissa Brooks and Sylvie Ellsmore with local resident at Camperdown Memorial Park

“As a member of the Newtown Art Seat Curatorial Committee I am also interested in how the free wifi hub at Newtown Square might allow us to support digital artists to display their works,” she said.

The trial is being implemented at Camperdown Memorial Rest Park, the Newtown Art Seat and Newtown Square, Alex Trevallion Plaza off Marrickville Rd, the Debbie and Abbey Borgia Community Recreation Centre and Steele Park, on the Cooks River, and the Annette Kellerman Aquatic Centre at Enmore Park.

Hubs have been installed by company Star-Tech, which has successfully supplied community wifi to other local Councils. The hubs have an average 50 metre range.

Free Wifi Smart Phone Image

Free Wifi Smart Phone Image

Clr Ellsmore said, “Members of the public can login in to “Marrickville Council Free Wifi” without a password and enjoy up to 1 hour or 200 MG of download.

“I encourage residents to log-on and check it out. As the trial proceeds we want people to let us know what they think – by registering a comment through the free Snap and Solve App or emailing the Councillors direct,” Clr Ellsmore said.

For more background about previous Greens Notice of Motions and Council Reports leading to the wifi trial see: https://marrickvillegreens.wordpress.com/2013/10/15/freewifi/

To download the Snap and Solve App visit http://www.snapsendsolve.com/

Media contact: Greens Councillor for North Ward, Sylvie Ellsmore 0403 977 213, sellsmore@marrickville.nsw.gov.au

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