Somerset Regional Council ‘switched on’ to LNP Tourism WiFi plan

Member for Nanango, Deb Frecklington, has congratulated the Somerset Regional Council on being the first Council in Queensland to offer their support for the LNP’s Tourism WiFi policy.

 

Mrs Frecklington said it was great to see the Somerset being proactive in supporting the plan, which would see 500 WiFi hotspots provided at key tourism destinations across Queensland.

 

“The LNP wrote to all Councils about our plan, if elected, to enhance local tourism by investing $3m over three years in capital infrastructure for WiFi hotspots,” Mrs Frecklington said.

 

“The hotspots would be established through grants to local councils and I was so pleased to hear that the Somerset Regional Council was the first to stake their interest in being involved.”

 

“Mayor Graeme Lehmann understands the benefits free WiFi hotspots would offer for tourists and the flow-on opportunities for local tourism operators. While the Somerset is within an hour’s drive of Brisbane, there is still limited access to reliable internet outside the main townships.

 

“We want visitors to our region to have access to world-class technology so they can stay connected to the world and post their happy snaps to social media or to send them to family or friends.”

 

Mayor Lehmann caught up with Deb while she was in Esk recently to discuss the plan and its potential benefits for the local economy.

 

“The Somerset Regional Council actively supports the LNP’s plan to introduce free WiFi hotspots as it would be a welcome boost for our rural townships, local tourism operators and small business owners,” Mayor Lehmann said.

 

“It would encourage visitors to stay longer in our smaller townships and spend their dollars locally. It would be another drawcard that will enable them to investigate additional attractions while experiencing the Somerset,” he said.

 

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