There’s no Con­nec­tion to wi-fi

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THE free pub­lic wifi ser­vice rolled out last week in Childers has left many busi­ness own­ers feel­ing frus­trated and left out.

Busi­ness owner Kerry Young said she was thrilled to hear of the ser­vice be­ing pro­vided by the coun­cil and at the same time dis­ap­pointed the ser­vice didn’t cover her shop.

“I need to walk to IGA to get ser­vice. It doesn’t al­low cus­tomers to ven­ture past that point.

“I was un­der the im­pres­sion all the shops in town would get cov­er­age.”

Owner of Be­hans Bar and Grill Jeff Be­hans said he is con­cerned cus­tomers will go else­where sim­ply to have ac­cess to free wifi.

The ac­tiv­ity on his so­cial media sites sug­gests his cus­tomers en­joy post­ing photos and videos of the meals served up.

“I thought my busi­ness was lo­cated in CBD. Why don’t my cus­tomers have ac­cess?

Retailers in Childers be­lieve the slight­est dis­ad­van­tage could cost busi­ness and many cus­tomers.

“It’s a great idea and a great ser­vice for tourists, I just think it needs some im­prove­ment,” Mr Be­hans said.

“I am hop­ing peo­ple come to the bar and grill to eat and so­cialise, not for the in­ter­net.”

With strug­gling small busi­nesses look­ing for an edge over their com­pe­ti­tion, the stakes are high.

The free ser­vice could di­vide the com­mu­nity.

PHOTO: JODIE DIXONBIT100616WIFI

NO CON­NEC­TION: Jeff Behns and Kerry Young try to con­nect to the free wifi in the Childers CBD.

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