The world-wide web is now a keypad touch away for anyone who enters Richmond town centre.
The town's business promotions body, Richmond Unlimited, has had three WiFi antennas erected at various points around the central business district and plans to erect more to improve reception through Richmond Mall.
A spokesperson for the committee said the number of people accessing free WiFi around Richmond Library sowed the seed for the committee. Towns like Picton have already provided free internet access and the facility gave visitors and residents another reason to visit, linger and shop in Richmond.
"Our core role is to promote Richmond and we see it as a way of getting people into the town," the spokesperson said.
Access is capped to an hour a day and can be gained along central Queen St to the police station, Sundial Square, the town's two main car parking areas and through parts of Richmond Mall.
Stage two of the roll-out will see access within Richmond Mall improved while stage three may see it extended up Queen St to cover Kmart and The Warehouse and extended to cover McGlashen St.
"This is just the beginning step. There will be some glitches but people have been using it already," the spokesperson said.
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