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Free Wi-Fi rolled out to westside parks

11 July, 2012

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk is ensuring westside residents are more connected than ever, announcing free wireless internet access for Mt Coot-tha Gardens, Booker Place Park (Bellbowrie), Guyatt Park (St Lucia) and Gregory Park (Milton).

The Lord Mayor said the Wi-Fi hotspots were four of 20 new sites across the city.

“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,” Cr Quirk said.

“This service is part of the new world city focus that we have, where residents and visitors can access services on par with what is available in cities across the globe.

“Users will be able to surf the web or check emails while enjoying some of Brisbane’s best green spaces.”

The new sites follow a successful trial at City Botanic Gardens and New Farm Park, where Council has had nearly 10,000 people log on since October last year.

The Lord Mayor said nearly 18,000 people also logged on each month to use library Wi-Fi.

Currently there are no download limits at the new sites and specific filtering systems are used to ensure only appropriate material is being accessed.

“Council has allocated $2 million to rollout the program, as well as another $413,000 for the continued Wi-Fi service in all of Council’s 33 libraries,” Cr Quirk said.

“This is in addition to the $7 million invested into upgrading and maintaining local and district parks across the city.”

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

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