MAYDENA POST OFFICE OFFERS ACCESS TO INTERNET
RESIDENTS in Maydena will still be able to get public access to the internet, despite the town’s online access centre officially closing its doors tomorrow.
The Maydena Post Office will run one of the computers that was previously in the MOAC alongside another computer provided by the post office.
Post Office licensee Keith Irwin said it was important residents in the town were still able to get internet access.
”We're ready to run with the service when they close,” he said.
“The Government made the decision they were going to close it in December so as a community service we simply volunteered after being asked by the community association. They asked us if we were happy to put the computer and printer in the post office for people to use and we said ‘yes’.”
Users who have a Health Care Card will be able to use the computers for free for up to two hours on weekdays, while residents without a health card will be charged a small fee.
Previously residents were able to access computers at the MOAC for free with small charges for printing and “other incidentals” according to LINC Tasmania.
Mr Irwin said the charges would go towards helping with the running of the computers in the post office.
“Mainly people who will come in will be people with Health Care Cards,” he said.
“That’s basically the people we’re aiming for.
“If we get the odd tourist who comes in and they want to use their laptop they can buy an ice cream or drink and use the computer.
“We’ve got to maintain the equipment and replace the equipment. There are some overheads but it won’t be that expensive for us to do … we’ve done it as a community service, we haven’t done it to make money out of it.”
The post office will also offer free Wi-Fi to customers who buy a drink or ice cream.
There has been confusion over the future of the centre since December last year, when it was first announced that the centre would close.
LINC Tasmania, who ran the centre, announced that the centre would remain open before announcing earlier this month that the centre would close before Easter.
LINC Tasmania director Jenny Rayner said the decision to formally close the centre was made at the recent meeting of the Maydena Community Association.
“The recent meeting of the Maydena Community Association formally ratified a decision not to take over running the Online Access Centre in its existing location and agreed that the service should instead be transferred to the local Post Office,” Mrs Rayner told The Gazette.