Free Wi-Fi is com­ing to North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil li­braries, and its ex­pected to keep vis­i­tors in town.

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE -

FREE wi-fi will soon be avail­able in North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil li­braries.

The de­ci­sion to scrap the in­ter­net us­age fee of $1.20 per quar­ter hour was made at this week’s coun­cil meet­ing.

Gayn­dah res­i­dent Karen Web­ster said it would be won­der­ful for young peo­ple and itin­er­ants.

“It would keep them longer if they have con­tact with home,” she said.

Teach­ing older peo­ple how to use the in­ter­net would also be a ben­e­fit of the free ser­vice, Ms Web­ster said.

With Gayn­dah Li­brary also host­ing the Cen­tre­link of­fice, Janet My­ers and Amy Har­man said free in­ter­net would be a great ben­e­fit to job seek­ers.

“You can see the ad­van­tage for peo­ple that are job-seek­ing and for those on lim­ited in­come,” Ms My­ers said.

Cor­po­rate and com­mu­nity ser­vices gen­eral man­ager David Wiskar said the coun­cil’s li­brary ser­vices were pro­vided in part­ner­ship with the State Li­brary of Queens­land.

The agree­ment re­quired the coun­cil to pub­licly ac­knowl­edge State Govern­ment fund­ing and pro­vi­sion of cer­tain ser­vices free of charge, Mr Wiskar told coun­cil­lors.

Those ser­vices in­cluded “free ac­cess to the in­ter­net via in-li­brary com­put­ers or de­vices, or via wi-fi for cus­tomers us­ing their own de­vices”, he fur­ther ex­plained.

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