Vic Govt funds Shepparton Wi-Fi extension


Wednesday, 27 June, 2018


Vic Govt funds Shepparton Wi-Fi extension

The free public Wi-Fi network in Shepparton will be extended beyond the central business district, following $1.2 million in funding from the Victorian Government.

This will connect more residents, visitors and businesses in the Shepparton region.

The project will also help boost the region’s visitor economy and enhance digital inclusion by connecting people in the places where they gather such as education precincts, neighbourhood houses, YouthSPOTs, parks and reserves.

“We’re investing in digital connectivity improvements here in the Shepparton region to create opportunities beyond the town centre that will help this area to grow and thrive,” said Minister for Regional Development Jaala Pulford.

“Labor is delivering the connectivity that residents and businesses in Shepparton deserve, breaking down the digital divide and helping make greater Shepparton a great place to live, work and do business.”

The government will work with the City of Greater Shepparton to determine which locations will be included in the pilot.

Shepparton is one of the two locations where new Wi-Fi pilots are being delivered through the $45 million Connecting Regional Communities Program, the other being Geelong.

Both projects build on Victoria’s existing free public Wi-Fi pilots in the Melbourne, Bendigo and Ballarat central business districts which have been used over 23 million times since being launched in September 2016.

Work to extend Shepparton’s free public Wi-Fi network is expected to start in the second half of 2018 and be completed in the second half of 2019.

Extending the Shepparton free public Wi-Fi network is one of the initiatives that the government is delivering to improve digital connectivity across regional Victoria.

“As one of the state’s largest regional centres, Shepparton deserves to have access to free world-class Wi-Fi,” said Minister for Innovation and the Digital Economy Philip Dalidakis.

“This is a strong investment in Shepparton’s digital economy. It will enhance connectivity for residents, businesses and visitors.”

The government is also working closely with the Goulburn Regional Partnership and the wider community on the development of the region’s Digital Plan, due to be finalised later this year.

For more information, visit economicdevelopment.vic.gov.au/connecting-victoria.

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