The Hodgman Liberal Government’s $500,000 investment in free Wi-Fi will enhance the tourist experience in approximately 50 locations across Tasmania.
We allocated $500,000 in last year’s budget for the Wi-Fi rollout which will boost the visitor experience and give tourists the opportunity to create and share their experience of Tasmania online.
It will support local communities by allowing local businesses to provide online information about attractions and opportunities in the area directly to tourists while they are in the region. Encouraging Tasmanian businesses to capitalise on the digital economy is a key part of the Government’s information technology strategy.
A Request for Proposals (RFP) has been released today seeking a single operator to build, operate and maintain wireless broadband network(s) using Wi-Fi Technology in approximately 50 locations around the state.
Indicative proposed locations have been included in the RFP to allow potential providers to make an informed assessment of how they would establish the network and ensure its ongoing support and maintenance. The final decision on the areas that receive services under this project will be dependent on the proposals provided by the respondents. The list of locations will be finalised in further consultation with the tourism industry and the successful proponent.
The indicative proposed locations listed in the RFP include high profile tourism destinations, points of entry and areas nominated by the state’s four Regional Tourism Organisations.
Freycinet National Park
Freycinet Visitor Information Centre
Scamander Visitor Information Mushroom
Binalong Bay lookout
St Helens Main Street
White Sands Estate
Devil’s Corner, Sherbourne Road
Inveresk Precinct (ie QVMAG)
Seaport Precinct (ie Peppers Hotel)
JJ Bakery (54 Wellington St) or Junction retail location (corner of Wellington & Marlborough Streets)
Shopping strip (central Emu Bay Rd location alongside the river)
Opposite Regent Square (ie central Macquarie St)
Tin Dragon Interpretation Centre (Tasman Hwy)
Town centre shopping strip
Beaconsfield Heritage Centre (West St)
Corner of Russell & Scone Street or Falls Park (location of market)
King Island Airport
Mersey River Precinct
(from the Mouth of the Mersey to the TT Line Terminal with an emphasis on the Eastern foreshore)
Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre
Stanley Main Street
Queenstown Railway Station Precinct
Burnie Makers Precinct
Sheffield Mural Park
Zeehan Main Street (Heritage Precinct)
Hobart waterfront through to Elizabeth Street
Location to be defined
Kettering Ferry Terminal
Callington Mill/Main Street
Main Street Visitor Centre and Park
High Street/Willow Court
Lake St Clair
Lake St Clair Visitor Centre
Blowhole Car Park
Spirit of Tasmania terminal
Flinders Island Airport
Port Arthur Historic Site
Main Street (opposite Village Green)
Ross Bakery (Church Street)
IGA Supermarket (Patrick Street)
Currie Shopping Precinct
Australasian Golf Museum & Visitor Centre