Cen­tre is plugged in for free Wi-Fi use

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Elisha Pearce

BLACK­TOWN Coun­cil has been given Mt Druitt town cen­tre a 21st-cen­tury boost with the in­stal­la­tion of three free Wi-Fi nodes.

Coun­cil has an agree­ment with Tel­stra to pro­vide free Wi-Fi ac­cess in the cen­tre of Black­town and Mt Druitt to give peo­ple ac­cess to on­line ser­vices and world­wide com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

Cur­rently, the nodes al­low ac­cess for 50 peo­ple at one time and are free to use for half-an-hour each day.

“In yet an­other first for Black­town City Coun­cil, we are the first lo­cal coun­cil in NSW to pro­vide free Wi-Fi in part­ner­ship with Tel­stra and the sec­ond to do so in Aus­tralia,” Mayor Stephen Bali said.

“It’s all part of our plan to make our city cen­tres vi­brant and at­trac­tive.”

Stage one was for­mally launched last week by Cr Bali, Cr Russ Dick­ens, mem­bers of Coun­cil’s CBD ac­ti­va­tion com­mit­tee and Tel­stra’s area gen­eral man­ager Tri­cia Wilson.

The sys­tem has been rolled out over the last month and each node is cur­rently at­tract­ing around 100 users a day.

This re­lease is the first stage of con­nec­tions.

When the roll out is fin­ished there will be 20 free con­nec­tion points in each town cen­tre.

Mayor Stephen Bali.

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