Wi-fi service launched
Paraburdoo’s free wi-fi service was proudly unveiled at its official opening recently.
The project, part of the Pilbara Regional Council’s Welcome Wifi program, has been finished and operational in Paraburdoo for six months, but was formally opened only at the February 12 ceremony.
North West Central MP Vince Catania unveiled a commemorative plaque and Shire of Ashburton chief executive Neil Hartley and Rio Tinto representative Gabe Iwanow were also present.
The Paraburdoo wi-fi area encompasses a 150m area around the local library and Shire office, including the nearby high school bus stop.
The Paraburdoo Men’s Shed helped facilitate the project and president Darryl Gnezdiloff said the service had proven popular in town.
“It’s been a great community effort, and I’m really surprised at how well it’s been patronised,” he said.
“Total users are 1184 and total sessions are 6128 over roughly six months.
“Youth usage has been particularly good.”
Mr Catania said wi-fi would benefit Paraburdoo locals as well as tourists.
“Free wi-fi technology will certainly help improve visitor numbers to Paraburdoo, promoting local tourists sites including the renowned Hamersley ranges and Karijini National Park and local businesses,” he said.
“This is also a fantastic social media (opportunity) for local residents for fast and improved services in terms of communication, emergency management and community engagement.”
The Welcome Wi-fi program has brought wi-fi to seven other locations in the Pilbara, including the Tom Price library and visitor centre and the Karratha Leisureplex.
Rio Tinto’s Gabe Iwanow, Shire of Ashburton chief executive Neil Hartley, Paraburdoo Men’s Shed president Darryl Gnezdiloff and North West Central MP Vince Catania at the Paraburdoo Welcome Wi-fi opening.