Apps in footpath could aid tourism
NORTH Burnett road tourists seeking a hairdresser or tyre repair shop could soon be hitting the pavement even before the vehicles roll to a stop.
iPavement, a paver that’s also a wi-fi router, will be installed in 15 towns along the Australian Country Way (A3), if an application led by the North Burnett Regional Council succeeds.
The iPavement pavers also have built-in apps to
David Wiskar I look at the RVs at the bottom of the street (in Monto). They’re not necessarily aware of all the businesses in town.
connect people to products and services in the towns.
The apps, featuring town maps, business locators and audio guides for tourist sites, would link businesses with the touring public, last week’s council meeting was informed.
Increased spending and accommodation nights could generate an estimated $3.6 million to $25 million fromWarwick to Rockhampton, council corporate and community services manager David Wiskar said.
“I look at the RVs at the bottom of the street (in Monto). They’re not necessarily aware of all the businesses in town,” Mr Wiskar said.
“The key to making it successful is if you pull up in Gayndah, you can find a chemist or where to replace a tyre if you blow a tyre.
“With the tourism element, if you’re here in Monto you can go out to Cania for two days.”
The proposed $1.15 million project would have a promotional road sign at each town’s entrance and touch-screens and iPavement hot spots installed for four partner councils – Banana Shire, North Burnett, South Burnett and Toowoomba.
Councillor Paul Lobegeier said the project to install the technology would benefit businesses and provide a more “user-friendly” experience for caravanners and backpackers.
“Sixty per cent of grey nomads are fully computer literate, so this would enable them to use that technology and enable our business people to advertise on that medium,” Cr Lobegeier said.
David Gilchrist, formerly of Rockhampton, said wi-fi and business information would be appreciated.
“Being travellers, we’re pretty starved for wi-fi in regional areas,” he said.
“When you look at free camps, the people who provide and maintain the free camps want the reward of our support for local business.”
Gayndah Mitre 10 owner John Zahl said he would be interested – provided maintenance was cost-effective.
“Long-term maintenance becomes a liability if those responsible are strapped for cash,” Mr Zahl said.
He believed the technology would attract people under 30 as “their life is on the phone” but getting visitors to stop was key.
“We want them to know we’re here,” he said.