Will Hodgman

Premier of Tasmania



9 May 2015

Michael Ferguson, Minister for Information Technology and Innovation

Tourists and businesses to benefit from 50 new free Wi-Fi hotspots

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.

 

Nominated Location

Site

1

Freycinet National Park

Freycinet Visitor Information Centre

2

Scamander

Scamander Visitor Information Mushroom

3

Binalong Bay

Binalong Bay lookout

4

St Helens

St Helens Main Street

5

Ironhouse Point

White Sands Estate

6

Apslawn

Devil’s Corner, Sherbourne Road

7

Launceston

Cataract Gorge

8

Launceston

Inveresk Precinct (ie QVMAG)

9

Launceston

Seaport Precinct (ie Peppers Hotel)

10

Longford

JJ Bakery (54 Wellington St) or Junction retail location (corner of Wellington & Marlborough Streets)

11

Deloraine

Shopping strip (central Emu Bay Rd location alongside the river)

12

George Town

Opposite Regent Square (ie central Macquarie St)

13

Derby

Tin Dragon Interpretation Centre (Tasman Hwy)

14

Campbell Town

Town centre shopping strip

15

Beaconsfield

Beaconsfield Heritage Centre (West St)

16

Evandale

Corner of Russell & Scone Street or Falls Park (location of market)

17

King Island

King Island Airport

18

Devonport

Mersey River Precinct

(from the Mouth of the Mersey to the TT Line Terminal with an emphasis on the Eastern foreshore)

19

Strahan

Strahan Waterfront

20

Cradle Mountain

Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre

21

Stanley

Stanley Main Street

22

Queenstown

Queenstown Railway Station Precinct

23

Burnie

Burnie Makers Precinct

24

Sheffield

Sheffield Mural Park

25

Zeehan

Zeehan Main Street (Heritage Precinct)

26

Waratah

Athenaeum Hall

27

Hobart

Hobart waterfront through to Elizabeth Street

28

Richmond

Location to be defined

29

Kettering

Kettering Ferry Terminal

30

Oatlands

Callington Mill/Main Street

31

Glenorchy

Wilkinson’s Point

32

Sorell

Main Street Visitor Centre and Park

33

New Norfolk

High Street/Willow Court

34

Geeveston

Church Street

35

Lake St Clair

Lake St Clair Visitor Centre

36

Eaglehawk Neck

Blowhole Car Park

37

Hobart

Hobart Airport

38

Launceston

Launceston Airport

39

Devonport

Spirit of Tasmania terminal

40

Whitemark

Flinders Island Airport

41

Wynyard

Burnie Airport

42

Devonport

Devonport Airport

43

Port Arthur

Port Arthur Historic Site

44

Bridport

Main Street (opposite Village Green)

45

Ross

Ross Bakery (Church Street)

46

Whitemark

IGA Supermarket (Patrick Street)

47

Latrobe

Station Square

48

Currie

Currie Shopping Precinct

49

Bothwell

Australasian Golf Museum & Visitor Centre

50

Cygnet

Mary Street



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