Free Wi-Fi coming to Cowes

Free Wi-Fi is set to be turned on in the heart of Cowes in time for the busy summer season.

Bass Coast Shire Council has teamed up with Waterfront Computers to set up a trial of free Wi-Fi, which will operate from Woolworths down to the foreshore along Thompson Avenue.

A number of local businesses have come on board to get this trial off the ground.

“In a busy tourism town like Cowes, people expect to be able to access free Wi-Fi,” President of Phillip Island Tourism and Business Association, Lois Gaskin, said.

“Hopefully it will be a roaring success and the current trial can be extended into a permanent arrangement.”

Destination Phillip Island’s General Manager, Kim Storey, is also excited about the trial,

“This is a service visitors have been wanting for a long time, so it’s is great to see it finally coming to fruition,” Ms Storey said.

The service will be operational by 18 December, and will operate throughout the summer holiday period after which it will be evaluated to see how effectively it worked and how much use it received.

If the trial works well over this summer in Cowes, Council will work with other tourism and business associations to extend free Wi-Fi to other town centres across the Shire in 2016.

For more information, contact Steve Murphy at Waterfront Computers on (03) 5952 3312 or Council’s Manager Economic Development and Tourism, Peter Francis, on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211.