Oak Street, Evans Head. One of the areas in the Richmond Valley that will have free wi-fi.
Oak Street, Evans Head. One of the areas in the Richmond Valley that will have free wi-fi. Tyson Yates

Surfs up on the internet for Richmond Valley

RICHMOND Valley will soon be 'on air' as the council has announced a free public wi-fi service in the Evans Head, Woodburn and Casino CBDs.

Residents, businesses and tourists will be able to check their emails, do business and search the web always keeping up-to-date while in the Richmond Valley

Richmond Valley Mayor Ernie Bennett today announced the Council would soon be switching on its free public wi-fi service in the Evans Head, Woodburn and Casino CBDs.

Economic focus on plan

Cr Bennett said the decision to invest in and provide the free service was a key initiative of Council's Community Strategic Plan, and its renewed economic development focus.

He said anyone with a wi-fi compatible device, like smart phones, laptops and tablets, could access free internet in the three CBD areas, presenting a massive opportunity for local businesses.

"This is very exciting, it is something new for the Richmond Valley area, and we are confident this free public wi-fi service will bring new opportunities to our businesses," Cr Bennett said.

Attracting more visitors

"The provision of free public wi-fi in the retail precincts is designed to attract more visitors to the area and encourage them to stay longer, providing local businesses with a boosted customer base."

The installation will be undertaken by service provider VTS IT, in partnership with Telstra, and is expected to be up and running in all three centres before Christmas. All installation and running costs will be met by Council.

How-to guide

There will be signs in the areas with free Wi-Fi, and it will be easy to log in - just follow the on-screen instructions. Users will be directed to Council's terms and conditions and privacy statement.

Council will be keeping an eye on how the network is utilised, if people want changes to be made, and if there are any improvements to undertake.



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