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