Aussie Broadband sponsors public WiFi in Fish Creek

June 3rd, 2021. elizabethm

Aussie Broadband is sponsoring public WiFi in Fish Creek, a tourist town in Gippsland, Victoria.

Frustrated by lack of access to WiFi services for Fish Creek’s famous Tea Cosy Festival, the committee reached out to Aussie Broadband for help.

“The idea came to us when the livestream for our 2020 Tea Cosy Festival went down, so we decided to approach some telcos to see if we could bring public Wi-Fi to Fishy!” said Marge Arnup, President of the Tea Cosy Festival.

“We’re in love with Aussie Broadband, the Morwell-based internet service provider, which agreed to sponsor the data,” she said.

South Gippsland Shire Council also contributed $1,000 towards the cost of transmission equipment.

“Good connectivity is an expectation wherever people go. The community activities will benefit from public Wi-Fi, and we’ll be able to live stream all sorts of events from Fish Creek Town Hall – including the Tea Cosy Festival!” said Marge.

The Tea Cosy Festival attracts approximately 5,000 people over 2 days.

“We wanted to celebrate the new WiFi service – and we thought it would be fitting to host a tea party on International Tea Day (Friday 21st May),” said Marge.

The tea party is taking place at the Little Oberon Cafe today at 11am.

Visitors and residents can access the Wi-Fi from Fish Creek CFA Station right through to the Fish Creek Hotel.

Aussie Broadband, Community Impact Manager, Caroline Kennon said the project will help support tourism and small business in regional Victoria.  

“With Gippsland being the regional birthplace of Aussie Broadband, we jumped at the chance to bring connectivity to both the community and visitors of the beautiful Fish Creek,” said Caroline. “Regional towns have never needed our support more than now, plus – the tea cosy ladies were very convincing!”

The public WiFi can be accessed via code provided by local businesses to encourage patronage.

“Fish Creek is a delightful place – even the corellas think so; and they loved sitting on the aerials of the WiFi transmitters pushing them out of position. Aussie Broadband was even able to assist with this problem,” said Marge.

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About Fish Creek:

Fish Creek is a tourist town in South Gippsland, Victoria and is approximately a 2 ¼ hour drive from Melbourne’s CBD. It has a population of 827 people.

Fish Creek is the birthplace and home of famous Australian Children’s author, Alison Lester.

About Aussie Broadband Limited:

Aussie Broadband is an Australian owned and operated telecommunications company that was formed in 2008 and is based in Morwell Victoria, Australia.

The company’s main focus is nbn™ (NBN) subscription plans and bundles to residential homes, small businesses, not-for-profits, corporate/enterprise and managed service providers.

As a licensed carrier, the company provides these services through a wholesale agreement with NBN Co, a mix of leased backhaul infrastructure from third parties and its own network equipment.

The company also offers a range of other telecommunications services including VOIP, mobile plans, entertainment bundles through its partnership with Fetch TV and connections through the OptiComm network.