Port Neill and Kimba to get Wi-Fi hotspots

Port Neill and Kimba are among 60 towns in South Australia to receive free Wi-Fi as part of a partnership between the South Australian Tourism Commission (SATC) and Telstra.

The joint initiative will provide connectivity for visitors at some of South Australia’s most iconic and remote locations.

Tumby Bay District Council mayor Sam Telfer said the initiative would be good for Port Neill.

“It’s a good opportunity for Port Neill,” Mr Telfer said.

“It will provide a hotspot for visitors to situate themselves in Port Neill and have a connection.”

Kimba District Council mayor Dean Johnson said the council had already committed to providing free Wi-Fi in the town.

“Council is committed to keeping residents and visitors connected, and is currently undertaking a project to provide free Wi-Fi in the Kimba town centre and at key tourism hotspots,” Mr Johnson said.

“This innovative project is being funded through the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility Community Benefit Program and will provide tourists with the capability to share their Kimba adventure with friends, family and fellow travellers.

“The project announced by Telstra and the South Australian Tourism Commission will provide free Wi-Fi at Whites Knob Lookout and council welcomes the investment as one that will complement its own undertaking.”

Trade, Tourism and Investment Minister David Ridgway said the connectivity would enhance visitor experiences and allow guests to make the most of their time in South Australia.

“We know people want to be able to locate our restaurants, use maps and share their experiences and happy snaps online, in real time,” Mr Ridgway said.

“Technology is transforming tourism and we want to use it to produce social and economic benefits for SA.”

Tourism commission chief executive Rodney Harrex said he was delighted Telstra came on board for the project.

“It’s a big benefit for us too — we want our visitors to be mini-ambassadors for our state, sharing their trip on social media,” he said.

“A picture is worth a thousand words and #SeeSouthAustralia is quickly becoming a global resource where people plan their holidays, recreate images or share their experiences with their friends.” 

Nine hotspots have already been switched on with the other 51 hot spots due to be rolled-out in the coming months.

Once the rollout is completed, visitors and locals will be encouraged to get out to the regions and use the new Wi-Fi service to share their travels using #SeeSouthAustralia.