Manly is expected to get leading edge community wi-fi following the successful promotion by Good for Manly for free wi fi to be provided in the CBD. The project, currently being explored by Manly Council in association with the Chamber of Commerce, proposes to use of 'mesh' networking, a new technology that links existing unlimited broadband networks currently used by Manly's shops, pubs, public buildings and eating places to create an overriding community network which would be accessible by anyone with a mobile device - without the need for user names or passwords.
The mesh system is a low-cost option for the provision of community wi-fi which relies on the existing community to link their wi fi using a router (which costs around $100) which is simply plugged into their modem. All networks in the area are then wirelessly connected to each other. Once set-up, there are no ongoing costs.
A full report will be presented to Council in February 2013 on how the network could be implemented and supported.
Anyone who has ever looked up while walking along the Corso is familiar with the Victorian and Federation-style façades that give Manly its distinctive look. Maintaining this historic style can prove difficult, particularly when old buildings need to be redeveloped.
The Corso, pictured above in 1922, is a good case in point. One recently unveiled development is sure to put some minds at rest: Previously a dilapidated Coles Supermarket, the new building, known as “Corsoleil”, embraces both the old and the new, featuring 7 shops and 60 new apartments behind a façade that reflects the heritage of buildings around it.
The new development will still be home to Coles (set to re-open on June 30th), as well as the National Australia Bank.
What do you think? Has the developer got it right?
What can you tell us about The Corso's history? Let us know!
Council's flurry of new signs in The Corso have left locals scratching their heads. Why so many and why so authoritarian? And can someone please explain why a "No Entry" sign at a plaza intersection is necessary? For the small window of time that market stalls are set up here surely a ranger can keep an eye on things rather than have this dominating sign discouraging easy access by pedestrians.
What do you think? Does Manly have too many negative signs? Are these new signs necessary?
_You could be forgiven for thinking you were walking down 'Used Car Alley' in Parramatta Road rather than The Corso Manly. Why does Council continue to use tacky bunting for festive occasions?
First we had plastic green and red bunting for Christmas and now small flags for Australia Day.
I think it looks cheap and very dated. What do you think?
Candy Bingham, Manly Ward Councillor on Northern Beaches Council. Background in marketing, public relations and community engagement. Author of five business books. Former Lady Mayoress of Sydney. Aka Candy Tymson.