Wollongong City Council has announced that people will be able to access free Wi-Fi services in parts of the regional city.
The council for Wollongong, on the south coast of New South Wales, has rolled out Wi-Fi in the main outdoor areas between Keira Street and Corrimal Street, encompassing Crown Street Mall. It has also installed Wi-Fi in Globe Lane and the Arts Precinct on Burelli Street. The council said that it plans to extend the service along the western side of Crown Street in the near future.
Wollongong City Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said that the service was designed to boost tourism to the coastal town.
"Free Wi-Fi in the city centre has great potential to encourage more people to visit, and to stay longer in the area," he said in a statement. "Whether you're in the city for work or leisure, it's now easier than ever to connect with local businesses, find out what's happening, and stay in touch with family and friends."
Wollongong follows Adelaide in offering government-run Wi-Fi. The council has not yet revealed how much it is spending to roll out the free service, but Adelaide and the South Australian government are spending at least AU$1.5 million on the year-long trial of free Wi-Fi.