Greens initiative provides free internet in local parks

Residents and visitors to Leichhardt and Balmain can now access free internet in public places, thanks to the Greens led Leichhardt Council.

“I initiated this project because I believe internet access is an important social service which should be available to everyone. Those who may not be able to afford internet at home can go to a local park and access it for free,” Greens Councillor and local MP Jamie Parker said.

The Greens successfully moved a motion at Council to introduce free public Wifi, which is now operating in four public areas: Leichhardt Town Hall, Balmain Town Hall, Leichhardt Aquatic Centre and the Playground in Pioneers Memorial Park, Leichhardt. These four locations will be trialled for six months at a cost of only $1,080.

The wireless hotspots have a range of up to 50 metres, allowing residents and shoppers to surf the net, check emails and catch up with friends and family while enjoying parks and public spaces in the Leichhardt Municpality.

If the scheme proves popular with the community The Greens will work to extend it to include free internet on our shopping strips and local parks throughout the municipality.