The Fraser Coast Regional Council has approved the continued delivery of public Wi-Fi following a successful 12-month trial.
Fraser Coast Regional Council Councillor Zane O’Keefe said that the locations of public Wi-Fi were popular with both locals and tourists, with thousands using the service during the trial period.
“Creating connected communities through our places, spaces and people is a key focus for Council, and initiatives like this help us achieve that,” Cr O’Keefe said.
“While we are providing a service for residents, it has an added benefit for tourists, who became ambassadors for our region as they share photos and videos of their holidays here with family and friends.
“It’s all part of the Council’s plan to build better communities together.”
Cr O’Keefe said that throughout the trial, there were 11,975 users on the public network, which is 51 per cent higher than other regional Council Wi-Fi networks.
“To make this service even more attractive, Council will remove the one-hour daily usage limit and increase the daily data usage limit to 1 gigabyte.”
The total usage of the network during the trial was 1,177Gb, which was 235 per cent higher than other regional Council Wi-Fi networks.
The free service operates from 7am-7pm, seven days a week with extended hours when events occur at Seafront Oval in the Maryborough CBD. Free Wi-Fi is also available at the Hervey Bay airport and Fraser Coast libraries.
Featured image: Fraser Coast Town Hall Public Wi-Fi. Image courtesy of Fraser Coast Regional Council.