There’s no Connection to wi-fi
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.
NO CONNECTION: Jeff Behns and Kerry Young try to connect to the free wifi in the Childers CBD.