Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Gee MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Andrew Broad MP Former Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Free WiFi available in Bathurst city centre

Media Release

AG004/2019

27 March 2019

Joint release with:

Cr Graeme Hanger OAM

Mayor Bathurst Regional Council

The Hon Alan Tudge MP

Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population

Free WiFi is now available in parts of the city centre and other designated public recreational areas in Bathurst thanks to the Morrison Government's $50 million Smart Cities and Suburbs Program.

Federal Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population Alan Tudge said a $305,000 grant helped install Wi-Fi access points that are now providing internet services to the community and real-time communication of tourism, traffic, weather, council, business and service information to registered users.

“This is just one of many innovative projects around the country which the Morrison Government is proudly supporting. It will enable regional towns like Bathurst to access new technologies to improve liveability and increase productivity,” Mr Tudge said.

Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister and Federal Member for Calare Andrew Gee said the project demonstrated the Australian Government's commitment to work with local councils to implement initiatives that will help provide better services to communities.

“Thanks to this project, the Council will be able to use data from WiFi users to support local businesses, improve town planning, better manage resources, energy and services, accelerate innovation and meet the changing needs of the community,” Mr Gee said.

Mayor of Bathurst Regional Council Graeme Hanger said providing WiFi connectivity throughout the city centre and at various parks and recreation spaces was part of the Council's Smart Communities Project.

“Growing Bathurst as a Smart City complements our city's reputation as a great place to live and shows our agility and flexibility to adopt new technologies that will provide better experiences for local residents and visitors, create more central social spaces and strengthen community identity,” Cr Hanger said.

The Australian Government provided $152,500 towards the project, which received matched funding from Bathurst Regional Council.