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Are You in Need of
If the answer is yes, be at Ramco Hall at
6pm Thursday November 20th.
Meet the Co-Founders of Uniti Wireless who
are bringing super fast broadband to the
Affordable, fast broadband is a necessity for
our work, school and home lives. Hear how
Uniti plan to bridge this digital divide aimed at
stimulating economic and cultural growth.
This is your opportunity to learn more and
register your interest for the service.
Bring your friends and family, all welcome!
Email Uniti Wireless Co-Founder, Sasha
Baranikov for more information on
MAKING better broadband available
to the Waikerie area will be the aim of an
infrastructure rollout by Adelaide-based
Uniti Wireless early next year.
The fixed wireless broadband operator cur-
rently provides internet services to residential and
business customers in metropolitan areas.
It is seeking to expand into regional Austra-
lia and has been considering Waikerie as a pilot
Uniti held a successful community consulta-
tion at Ramco in September, and has since sought
registrations of interest from local residents and
businesses in the region.
The licensed telecommunications provider
needed to ensure the network would be sustain-
able, and was impressed with the influx of inter-
est.Uniti Wireless and its partners are now looking
at the next stages of rolling out infrastructure in
Co-founders Che Metcalfe and Sasha Baranikov
will be back at the Ramco Institute on Thursday,
November 20, from 6pm to 8pm.
The follow-up consultation will discuss the next
stages for the network deployment in Waikerie,
including any questions from locals.
"It is important to keep all of the local stakehold-
ers who have registered their interest informed
about our progress, and to discuss the opportunity
further with anyone who missed out on the first
meeting," Mr Metcalfe said.
Ms Baranikov said she expected further expan-
sion of the network across the Riverland "when
word gets around that Waikerie is enjoying com-
pletely stable, high-speed connections".
"However, as I'm sure all locals understand,
the key to the success of the network will be sus-
tainability," she said.
"We need a certain amount of customers to
come on board from the outset to justify deploying
Ms Baranikov said high-performance broadband
had emerged as a basic utility, akin to electricity,
water and gas.
"Uniti has a clear objective -- to support region-
al centres such as Waikerie with better broadband
services to keep our next generations educated,
inspired to live and work in their region and to
bridge the digital divide for increased economic
growth," she said.
For more information, visit the website (http://
is on its way
MORE than 20 locals
last week attended
a workshop seeking to
support businesses in
The Made in Riverland
program was originally set
to only deliver three sessions
at Renmark, but a lack of
Riverland West attendees led
to a shortened version being
offered at the Waikerie Hotel
Hub Australia activator
Caroline McLaren made a
brief presentation and took
questions from the audience.
Ms McLaren was there to
promote the State Govern-
ment's Renewal SA project,
which has included efforts
to revitalise empty shops in
Adelaide, and offers training
and mentoring to business
"They recognise that acti-
vating main streets is one of
the biggest issues facing the
Riverland," she said.
Ms McLaren highlighted
the idea of 'pop-up shops'
in which short-term leases
are provided on commercial
However, local landlord
Graeme Thompson said the
growing number of busi-
nesses located outside of
Waikerie's town centre was a
"The simple fact is their
business model relies on
paying no rent," he said.
Ms McLaren said pop-up
shops were often only a
short-term solution, but Ad-
elaide-based projects had
proven successful for both
the landlords and the lessees.
"A lot of businesses that
have gone through Renewal
Adelaide have gone on to
become developed facilities,"
Many workshop attendees
highlighted Waikerie's empty
stores as a concern, including
the owners of recently closed
business Encore Secondhand,
Graham and Gill McInness.
"Sadly we've just shut a
shop, but we want to see the
town get up and going again,"
Mr McInness said.
District Council of Loxton
Waikerie chief executive of-
ficer Peter Ackland was in
attendance and highlighted
the $50,000 available in the
2014/15 budget for a revitali-
sation of Waikerie's central
"We haven't activated that
money yet," he said.
"We want to look at how to
make the streets more busi-
The third and final Made
in Riverland workshop will be
held at the old Target Coun-
try store on the corner of Ral
Ral and Renmark Avenue,
Renmark, on Thursday, No-
vember 27, at 6pm.
For more information,
contact Caroline McLaren
via email (caroline@hubaus-
HUB Australia activator Caroline McLaren (left) with locals James and Sandra Schober at the Waikerie Hotel on Friday. The Schobers
will soon officially launch their new business River Gum Cruises.
PHOTO: Ryneisha Bollard
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