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24 October, 2011

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has announced that free wireless internet access will be available in another 20 sites across Brisbane by mid next year.

The Lord Mayor said he had allocated $2 million in this year’s budget to rollout Wi-Fi in 20 locations, as well as another $413,000 to upgrade Wi-Fi technology in 34 of Council’s libraries.

“Brisbane is Australia’s new world city, and I am committed to providing the vital infrastructure we need to remain at the forefront with accessible technology for all residents,” Cr Quirk said.

He said the trial of free Wi-Fi access in public areas started in November last year and had been a massive success.

“Since November, more than 5,000 people have taken advantage of the free Wi-Fi coverage in the City Botanic Gardens, with most users connecting for around an hour each session, and we’ve had similar numbers in New Farm Park,” Cr Quirk said.

“The popularity of free Wi-Fi access in the City Botanic Gardens, New Farm Park and Council’s libraries has demonstrated that internet access is important to many of Brisbane’s residents and visitors.”

The Lord Mayor said Council would now start work on determining the best locations in the selected sites to place the wireless equipment.

“Wi-Fi access will be available in hotspots at each location, and signage will be installed to help people identify where these hotspots are,” Cr Quirk said.

“Work is expected to start next month to progressively roll out Wi-Fi access across the 20 locations by June next year.”

The public areas selected for the latest Wi-Fi rollout are:

• Rocks Riverside Park
• Orleigh Park, West End
• Post Office Square
• Mt Coot-tha Botanical Gardens
• The Lake Parklands, Forest Lake
• Carindale Recreation Reserve
• Booker Place Park, Bellbowrie
• 7th Brigade Park, Chermside
• Einbunpin Lagoon, Sandgate
• Guyatt Park, St Lucia
• Calamvale District Park
• Gregory Park, Milton
• King George Square
• Oriel Park, Hamilton
• D.M. Henderson Park, Macgregor
• Kalinga Park, Wooloowin
• Glindemann Park, Holland Park
• Teralba Park, Everton Park
• Hidden World Park, Fitzgibbon
• Jacob’s Ladder, Spring Hill

"Toowong Ward Councillor, Peter Matic, said this was an exciting service for local parks. As the responsible Chairman, it gives me great pleasure to oversee the implementation of this project. Our parks play an important part in our daily lives and this new service adds to the enjoyment of our great open spaces."

For more information on wireless internet locations or Council libraries, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or phone Council on 3403 8888.



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