Wi-fi ser­vice launched

Pilbara News - - Pilbara News - Ali­cia Perera

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.

Pic­ture: He­len Young

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.

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