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Council Ekka stand becomes a virtual environment

11 August, 2014

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk is inviting Ekka visitors to join Council in a virtual environment and go on a journey through the city as a part of Brisbane City Council’s display, open 8 – 17 August.

The Lord Mayor said visitors will have a chance to drive a bus on a simulated route through the city and relax in a model park setting that Council has created.

“The park area gives visitors a chance to relax on a bench under the shade of a tree and feel like they are enjoying one of Council’s many parks in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the Ekka.

“Council’s Ekka stand has information available to help residents learn more about their city and all the services, events and projects we offer,” Cr Quirk said.

“A range of free interactive presentations will be available to participate in, teaching visitors skills like juggling and encouraging them to go green by creating their own worm farms.

“The stand will also act as a hub for performances and events, with children’s story time sessions to keep little ones amused and the Cypriot Community of Queensland Dance Group to entertain with their unique routines.”

Cr Quirk said the stand was based around visitors interacting with Council staff members to create an engaging experience for visitors rather than simple observation.

“This year Brisbane Greeters will also be on hand to greet visitors to Council’s stand and promote some of Brisbane’s greatest places, spaces and events,” Cr Quirk said.

“Brisbane Greeters have been popular with visitors and locals alike since 2012 and I know they were very well-liked over the first weekend of the Ekka with visitors to the stand.

“Many other specially trained Council staff will be on hand to teach visitors more about libraries, help them connect with their local creek catchment and discover the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium.”

Council’s Ekka stand is located in the Woolworths Pavilion at the Brisbane Showgrounds.

For more information on Council’s Ekka stand and view the full schedule of events, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or call Council on 3403 8888.

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