Smartlinx3 offers wireless internet
An alternative location for a Bizhub in Porirua is being explored and broadband firm Smartlinx3 could provide wireless internet for the city centre, Porirua City Council revealed last week.
The Bizhub plans were announced this time last year.
The idea was to turn the old Pete’s Emporium building into a multi-storey hub where companies could rent space.
Design work cost $45,000, but Porirua City Council had to accept defeat because no private investors signed on.
The concept was still on the table, the council’s city centre committee heard last week.
Another location is being sought – council- owned sites include Ferry Place and Hagley St – and Smartlinx3 would be part future negotiations.
‘‘We have the opportunity to partner with an internet infrastructure company that can give technical support and meet other costs,’’ council business development manager Chris Lipscombe said. ‘‘There is a chance for very fast wireless service for the Cobham Court area.’’
Committee member John Feast
of said getting more business and people into the heart of the city was crucial.
‘‘We have a population that does not come into the urban centre and this [Smartlinx3] partnership has a lot of potential.’’
Deputy mayor ’Ana Coffey said she was ‘‘shaky’’ on the Bizhub proposal and any future decisions would be political, and have to be passed by council’s Te Komiti.
Mayor Nick Leggett echoed Ms Coffey’s sentiment and said he had issues with a local authority putting ratepayers’ money into a Bizhub.
‘‘There are more pressing things for us to deal with; this is a ‘nice to have’.’’
Mr Lipscombe said a survey of businesses would allow the council to gather feedback on whether a Bizhub was wanted.