Wi-fi move pays off

South Waikato News - - NEWS / HE PU¯RONGORONGO -

Free in­ter­net at South Waikato li­braries has paid off with more vis­its in the last year. Since the wi-fi ser­vice was in­stalled in July last year with an­nual cost of $6500 from ex­ist­ing bud­gets, the dis­trict coun­cil has seen a 10 per cent in­crease in vis­its com­pared with last year. Com­mu­nity Group Manager Amanda Hema said the coun­cil was ‘‘ob­vi­ously thrilled’’. ‘‘We [coun­cil] hon­estly didn’t know what to ex­pect when we in­tro­duced free wi-fi, but we are pleased at the re­sult­ing trend.’’ Not only has it in­creased vis­its but the other ser­vices are be­ing utilised more, she said. ‘‘Peo­ple who per­haps wouldn’t nec­es­sar­ily have vis­ited their lo­cal li­brary be­fore, are now and they are see­ing the wider spec­trum of what our li­brary ser­vice of­fers’’

Lit­ter an is­sue

In­creased lit­ter­ing at the Sports and Events Cen­tre has be­come an ap­par­ent is­sue for the South Waikato Dis­trict Coun­cil. Leisure ser­vices manager Heather Gaby said the cen­tre’s staff was clean­ing up rub­bish daily from the car park. Al­co­hol bot­tles and gen­eral rub­bish is of­ten strewn through­out the car park af­ter events at the Toko­roa East Bowl­ing Club and win­ter sports, ac­cord­ing to the coun­cil. ‘‘The coun­cil is dis­ap­pointed at the state of the carpark and sur­rounds.’’ There are three rub­bish bins in the area which are emp­tied twice a week, she said. ‘‘We have no­ticed that sup­port­ers sit in their cars watch­ing sport and drop rub­bish out of the win­dows, there is lit­ter that has been dropped me­tres from bins even when they are not full.’’

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