Free WiFi is now available in parts of the city centre and other designated public recreational areas in Bathurst thanks to the Morrison Government’s $50 million Smart Cities and Suburbs Program.
Federal Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population Alan Tudge said a $305,000 grant helped install Wi-Fi access points that are now providing internet services to the community and real-time communication of tourism, traffic, weather, council, business and service information to registered users.
“This is just one of many innovative projects around the country which the Morrison Government is proudly supporting. It will enable regional towns like Bathurst to access new technologies to improve liveability and increase productivity,” Mr Tudge said.
Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister and Federal Member for Calare Andrew Gee said the project demonstrated the Australian Government’s commitment to work with local councils to implement initiatives that will help provide better services to communities.
“Thanks to this project, the Council will be able to use data from WiFi users to support local businesses, improve town planning, better manage resources, energy and services, accelerate innovation and meet the changing needs of the community,” Mr Gee said.
Mayor of Bathurst Regional Council Graeme Hanger said providing WiFi connectivity throughout the city centre and at various parks and recreation spaces was part of the Council’s Smart Communities Project.
“Growing Bathurst as a Smart City complements our city’s reputation as a great place to live and shows our agility and flexibility to adopt new technologies that will provide better experiences for local residents and visitors, create more central social spaces and strengthen community identity,” Cr Hanger said.
The Australian Government provided $152,500 towards the project, which received matched funding from Bathurst Regional Council.