This initiative is a key deliverable within the Two Cities One Community Action Plan, enabling access to a seamless and convenient Wi-Fi experience as community members cross the border in their day-to-day lives.
An initial six month trial of the integrated public Wi-Fi network will be rolled out to facilities owned by both councils, and where public Wi-Fi infrastructure already exists, with a view to expanding the network in the future. The current locations include council offices, libraries, community centres, parks and recreation areas, sporting facilities, and more.
AlburyCity Mayor Kylie King said this project is another great example of collaboration between Albury and Wodonga to create better services for both communities.
"Albury and Wodonga act as one community, moving across the border for work, shopping, recreation and visiting family and friends," said Mayor King.
"It makes sense that we pool our resources to build our region's digital connectivity and create a seamless Wi-Fi experience for locals and visitors."
Wodonga Council Acting Mayor Graeme Simpfendorfer said the improved connectivity would strengthen Albury Wodonga as a united community and help to grow the visitor economy.
“Quality communications systems are essential in today’s digital world and by working together on a Wi-Fi service that crosses the Murray simultaneously with the movement of our residents and visitors, we’ll be delivering more of the infrastructure that further enhances our position as one community that’s united, rather than divided, by the border between our two cities,” he said.
The new single public Wi-Fi network will appear as __AlburyWodongaFreeWifi. Once logged in, users can move easily and seamlessly between council facilities in both Albury and Wodonga.
Find out where the free public Wi-Fi hotspots are on the handy Public Wi-Fi Map.