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30 September, 2014

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk’s rollout of free Wi-Fi ahead of the G20 has been expanded to include the Mt Coot-tha Lookout using an innovative link to a satellite dish at West End in a boost for local tourism.

Council’s Economic Development Chairman Julian Simmonds will today flick the switch for the Mt Coot-tha Lookout Wi-Fi service as well as in the Brunswick Street and Chinatown Malls in the Fortitude Valley.

Earlier this year Lord Mayor Graham Quirk opened free Wi-Fi installations at Queen Street Mall, Victoria Bridge and South Bank.

“This expansion is about putting Brisbane on the “digital map” ahead of G20 later this year, to demonstrate to G20 visitors that Brisbane is indeed Australia’s New World City,” Cr Simmonds said.

“In order to demonstrate our digital credentials, it’s important we can offer our many visitors the ability to connect to free Wi-Fi – to instantly upload their happy snaps of the scenic view and maybe even Skype their families back home - while enjoying the sights and attractions.

“The Mt Coot-tha Lookout is a Brisbane icon with approximately 1.2 million visitors a year, and remains as one of our city’s most popular, must-do tourist destinations since the 1930s.

“The Mt Coot-tha summit Wi-Fi installation was particularly innovative as it uses a microwave link from the existing hardware at Orleigh Park in West End to connect the remote location.

“Council already provides free Wi-Fi at 22 other outdoor locations across the city including Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Reddacliff Place and New Farm Park, along with 33 of Council’s public libraries and across the entire CityCat fleet.

“This extension marks the next step in creating a more connected and accessible, digital Brisbane, which is particularly important as Brisbane enters the world stage as host city for the G20 Leader’s Summit, but also as a lasting legacy long after the event.

“Last year, nearly one million people used Council’s free Wi-Fi service to surf the web.

“After connecting Wi-Fi in Queen Street Mall in April this year it is fast becoming the most popular Wi-Fi hotspot with already more than 99,000 unique users connecting to the service and more than 377,155 sessions.

“The South Bank Parklands Wi-Fi has also proven successful, with more than 58,000 sessions hosted in the first eight weeks of operation alone.”

[Ends] SEPTEMBER 30, 2014

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