Buxton's Telopea Park set to offer free wi-fi

NEW ERA: Buxton resident Sarhn McArthur-Gumbley is excited about council's master plan to upgrade the village's Telopea Park. Picture: Chris Lane
NEW ERA: Buxton resident Sarhn McArthur-Gumbley is excited about council's master plan to upgrade the village's Telopea Park. Picture: Chris Lane

A park in one of the shire's oldest suburbs will soon be home some new technology.

Wollondilly Council has partnered with OneWiFi and the Department of Planning to trial free public Wi-Fi at Telopea Park in Buxton.

Mayor Matthew Deeth said the council was very excited to be a part of this trial.

"This is a great initiative to increase connectivity and improve communication for our community through this innovative project," he said.

"This project demonstrates how partnerships can deliver services to the community and how the Western Sydney City Deal fosters connections that are the foundation for partnerships."

The six month trial also provides a range of 'Smart City' features including the collection of data which will be available on the council's website.

Sensors and gateways at the park are powered by renewable energy (solar and wind power) generated onsite using Aura Renewable Energy assets.

Western Sydney minister Stuart Ayres said the features would result in a better experience park-goers, increased sanitation and more efficient operations for council staff.

"This kind of forward-thinking public infrastructure is exactly the innovation I'm proud to see being pioneered in Western Sydney," he said.

"Smart City projects have boundless potential to develop skills and foster high tech jobs in Western Sydney."

OneWiFi have installed an NBN connection at Buxton Community Association Hall, which is then transmitted to Telopea Park.

NEW LOOK: An artist's impression of the revamped Telopea Park in Buxton.

NEW LOOK: An artist's impression of the revamped Telopea Park in Buxton.

Association president Brett Gumbley said they were happy to help offer this service to the community.

"Buxton Community Association is really pleased to be part of the Smart Telopea Park trial," he said.

"Not only is the project a great addition to the amenities of the park, but as a by-product we can now offer complementary Wi-Fi access at Buxton School of Art Hall.

"This Wi-Fi access will help support many community activities run out of the Hall."

Wollondilly Council also has a master plan to upgrade and improve the park.

Plans for the Buxton Avenue park include constructing an outdoor gym, tree planting and barbecue area, and improving the children's playground.

Telopea Park's sporting facilities - including the play oval and skate park - will also be upgraded.

Works have already begun and the project is expected to be complete in the next five to 10 years.

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