Kar­i­jini joins free vis­i­tor wi-fi roll­out

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

Visi­tors to Kar­i­jini Na­tional Park now have ac­cess to free wi-fi, with the ser­vice in­stalled at the Kar­i­jini Vis­i­tor Cen­tre last week.

The project is man­aged by the Pil­bara Re­gional Coun­cil, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the De­part­ment of Parks and Wildlife.

Pil­bara Re­gional Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive Tony Fri­day said the lat­est wi-fi point was part of the Pil­bara-wide Wel­come Wi-fi project en­abling tourists to stay con­nected on their trav­els.

“Ac­ti­vat­ing free wi-fi in this pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tion is a ma­jor stepping-stone for Pil­bara tourism,” he said.

The Wel­come wi-fi project has in­volved 34 hotspots be­ing con­nected at towns and other re­mote lo­ca­tions in the re­gion.

Mr Fri­day said the net­work had at­tracted more than 42,000 unique visi­tors since it was rolled out in July last year.

It fol­lows much of the Warlu Way, a drive trail show­cas­ing in­land and coastal scenery fol­low­ing the path of the Warlu, an indige­nous Dream­time sea ser­pent.

Cape Range, Kar­i­jini, Mill­stream-Chich­ester and Kar­lam­i­lyi are all mostly black spots at the mo­ment, but in­ter­net cov­er­age is slowly en­croach­ing in­side their bound­aries.

Pre­mier and Tourism Min­is­ter Colin Bar­nett said cov­er­age in pop­u­lar re­mote ar­eas had ben­e­fits be­yond giv­ing tourists the abil­ity to post on­line.

“There can also be safety con­sid­er­a­tions,” he said.

“Many of th­ese places are very re­mote and quite dan­ger­ous. Peo­ple run out of wa­ter, get lost.

“They can have their lives at risk so com­mu­ni­ca­tions in var­i­ous forms are im­por­tant.”

The Wel­come rest stops also fea­ture a Vol­un­teer Now but­ton which en­cour­ages visi­tors to stick around and spare some time help­ing out Pil­bara groups and not-for­profit or­gan­i­sa­tions.

Many of th­ese places are very re­mote and quite dan­ger­ous. Pre­mier Colin Bar­nett

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