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By Brad Lester
FREE wireless internet access could be
key to reinvigorating businesses.
South Gippsland Shire Council will consider in-
troducing a free wi-fi service to the main service and
tourist towns in the shire.
The proposal was instigated by councillors An-
drew McEwen and Don Hill at last Wednesday’s
council meeting, when they called for officers to
prepare a report detailing the costs and benefits of
introducing a free wi-fi service.
“If council resolved to work in partnership with
traders and businesses, this would be a landmark
event and become a unique selling proposition for
our shire that would be attract people to visit and
spend money in our towns,” the preamble to their
Cr McEwen told council, “Our community is
suffering economically at the moment because of
the significant downturn in the dairy industry and it
is also suffering in the retail sector because people
are buying online.”
He believed the whole of the shire could be sup-
plied with wi-fi for less than $30,000, with grants
possibly further reducing the cost.
Cr Nigel Hutchinson-Brooks supported the ini-
tiative but suggested council not duplicate wi-fi ser-
vices already provided.
Meeniyan Progress Association and Meeniyan
Tourist and Traders Association have introduced
free wi-fi in Meeniyan, recording about 31,000 hits
in the past 20 months.
“People seek out free wi-fi hot spots to access the
internet. It is estimated that each person spends $10
to $20 per visit,” the motion preamble stated.
“This boosts retail activity by approximately
$20,000 to $30,000 a month, which is adding to
turnover and the wellbeing of businesses.”
Wi-fi to boost businesses
The councillors said the basic cost of equipment
would be around $2500 for towns, with repeaters be-
ing an additional $250, plus phone lines and around
$80 a month for the internet service.
Council will receive a report on the matter at the
December 2016 council meeting.
TICKETS are still available for the open-
ing night of Leongatha Lyric Theatre’s
Mary Poppins, which opens this Friday,
July 1, but you had better get in quick.
With plenty of life, colour and an upbeat
soundtrack, a family outing to Leongatha Lyric
Theatre’s major production is the perfect way to
spend these wintery nights.
Mary Poppins is also well known for its magi-
cal aspects. The only way you’ll be the first to
find out if Mary will fly is to buy your tickets to
The gala opening night is set for this Friday,
and promises to be a massive event.
Not only will audience members be treated to
a truly magical show, they will also be welcome
to indulge in wine and supper after the show,
where they will be able to mingle with the hard
working and talented cast and crew.
Audience members will also be delighted by
the new chairs now installed at Mesley Hall.
With the last order of 100 chairs put in place
last week, the new chairs will provide comfort for
a room of 300 people – perfect for the already sold
out matinee shows this Saturday and Sunday.
Mary Poppins set for flying start
Co director Peter McAlpine said the work of
those involved has paid off and the show is look-
“The set looks just amazing and the costumes
are really coming along. We will be finalising
those this week,” he said.
“The whole show looks so vibrant and the au-
dience will be impressed by how well the children
in the show will perform.”
There was a full dress rehearsal held on Sun-
day and further rehearsals this week will have all
cast and crew ready for a big opening, with per-
formances over the next three weeks.
Tickets are available from Great Southern
Outdoors in Leongatha or from Leongatha Lyric
Theatre’s website on www.lyrictheatre.net.au.
Learning lessons: from left, Kerryn Lockhart in character as Mary Poppins teaches Michael
Banks (Coby Fowles) a lesson in etiquette during Leongatha Lyric Theatre’s Mary Poppins,
premiering this Friday.
Step in time: Adrian Darakai is set to wow audiences in his role of Bert in Leongatha Lyric
Theatre’s production of Mary Poppins, opening this Friday evening at Mesley Hall.
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