GAWLER residents and businesses could have access to internet 100 times faster than the national average in the coming year.
At Gawler Council’s recent ordinary meeting, elected members voted to formally express interest in the Gig-City Adelaide network, which is a $7.6 million system that provides affordable and high speed internet.
Councillors flagged its business innovation hub – a part of the currently under-construction Gawler Civic Centre – to become one of the stage two precincts, once operational.
State Minister for Science and Information Economy Kyam Maher launched the Gig-City network in August this year, stating it would support businesses, especially those wanting to compete on a global level.
Gawler Councillor Adrian Shackley slammed the current National Broadband Network and said the inclusion of the GigCity technology would be highly popular with local people.
“I know that residents out in Gawler East have got fibre to the premises, whereas the rest of us are struggling with fibre to the node, or nothing,” he said.
“One of the strategies for the organisations involved (in the NBN) seems to be to make sure that our internet is slow enough to make us very frustrated.
“That will also be the great benefit of the Gig-City proposal, because people can’t do things from home.
“This opportunity will be rather popular, I suspect.”
Mayor Karen Redman said she was very supportive of the GigCity network and felt it would be an asset to local businesses.
“It is going to be essential for businesses to flourish in Gawler; they are going to need fast internet and we have an opportunity to provide that in our new hub, which is very exciting,” she said.
Deputy Mayor Ian Tooley said for Gawler to be the first major site outside of the Adelaide Central Business District would put it “ahead of the game”.