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Aussie Broadband sponsors public WiFi in Fish Creek

Media Release | Thursday 3 June 2021 | 1 min read

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.

A cake telling people that there is free wifi in Fish Creek from Aussie BroadbandSouth 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.

All information contained in this media release, including references to costs, speed, and capability of the Aussie Broadband network, was correct at time of publication, and may have since changed.

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About Aussie Broadband Limited

Aussie Broadband Group is a fast-growing technology services provider – comprising of the Aussie Broadband and Symbio businesses – with a market cap of around $1 billion (AUD).

Listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX: ABB), the Group collectively supplies more than 1 million services, operates two Tier 1 voice providers in Australia and owns fibre infrastructure.

The fifth largest provider of broadband services in Australia with continuing growth in the residential segment, the Group provides a broad suite of solutions through its data, voice, and managed solutions to business, enterprise and government customers. Aussie Broadband Group also provides wholesale services to other telecommunications companies and managed service providers.

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