City of Perth rejects Wi-Fi expansion request

Safe4Kids managing director Holly-Ann Martin wants parents to talk to children about online behaviour.
Safe4Kids managing director Holly-Ann Martin wants parents to talk to children about online behaviour.

CITY of Perth has rejected a request by the Attorney General’s office to extend its Wi-Fi to State-owned buildings.

According to a council report, the Department of the Attorney General requested the City extend their Wi-Fi to include a floor on the State Administrative Tribunal building, the public floors in the State Buildings and the Cathedral Square precinct.

The Attorney General’s office estimated the initial cost at $25,000-$30,000 but the City’s tendered provider costed the installation at $93,000 with annual maintenance costs of $10,000.

At an April 5 council meeting, the City declined the request, citing that the intent of the Wi-Fi strategy was to provide access for outdoor public spaces, not private buildings.