The main streets of Port Pirie and Crystal Brook are set to become WiFi hotspots for residents and visitors in the state's Mid North.
A $51,587 Upper Spencer Gulf and Outback Futures Program grant has been offered to assist the Port Pirie Regional Council in establishing the infrastructure to ensure WiFi access in the designated areas is publicly accessible.
The "Connecting Port Pirie and Crystal Brook" project will strengthen the region's tourism offering, promoting the use of broadband internet in the Port Pirie region and showcasing the benefits to the community and business and tourism industries of providing free WiFi hotspots to visitors and residents in the region.
The $2 million Upper Spencer Gulf and Outback Futures Program is a once-off grants program, opened in November 2015 in recognition of the challenges brought about by the downturn of the resources sector and the impending closure of the Port Augusta power station and Leigh Creek coal mine.
Grants have been made available from $50,000 up to $200,000 in 2015-16 for small projects in the eligible area.
The program supports the delivery of small projects that will contribute to economic diversification, resilience and capacity building of Upper Spencer Gulf and Outback communities, creating sustainable economic benefits to the region and the State.
This project aligns with the State Government's economic priorities of South Australia – a destination of choice for travellers and Growth through innovation.
The total capital expenditure of the project is $103,174.
Quotes attributable to Regional Development Minister Geoff Brock
Projects awarded funding through the Upper Spencer Gulf and Outback Futures Program will stimulate new business activity, support stronger communities, and create job opportunities for the region.
This project will bring the main streets of Port Pirie and Crystal Brook alive with WiFi hotspots.
Tourists, business visitors and residents will be able to access the internet with their portable devices from anywhere along the main streets.
Quotes attributable to Port Pirie Regional Council Mayor John Rohde
Regional communities are actively seeking to have WiFi availability in their communities, and thanks to the State Government grant and the support of Port Pirie Regional Council this project will deliver free WiFi access to our residents and visitors in the CBD areas.
This project aims to increase the region's economic flow, encouraging visitors to spend more time in Port Pirie and Crystal Brook.
The delivery of this project supports Council's vision of the future for Port Pirie, enhancing the works about to be undertaken as part of the CBD upgrade.
It was important to us that Crystal Brook was also included. Free WiFi in Bowman Street will increase the liveability and prosperity of this town.