Wifi hotspots com­ing soon

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

AF­TER Roy­alty for Re­gions fund­ing was knocked back, the North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil has fi­nally se­cured money from Queens­land Tourism to in­stall wifi hotspots and touch­screens across the area.

The wifi hotspots will al­low tourists to ac­cess the in­ter­net through their elec­tronic de­vices, but they will first be taken to a por­tal di­rect­ing them to web­sites from lo­cal busi­nesses.

The touch­screens will be placed in each of the North Bur­nett towns to pro­vide tourist and lo­cal busi­ness in­for­ma­tion.

The coun­cil has com­mit­ted $105,000 to the project and coun­cil’s act­ing CEO David Wiskar said Queens­land Tourism would con­trib­ute $86,000.

“We are ready to roll this out now,” he said at a coun­cil meet­ing on Tues­day.

Ca­nia Dam and Par­adise Dam are also set to re­ceive wifi hotspots, although Mingo Cross­ing will have to wait un­til more fund­ing is avail­able.

“This takes ev­ery dollar we have got at the mo­ment,” Mr Wiskar said.

“In­stalling it in Ca­nia, Par­adise and Cer­ta­to­dus will cost as much as the rest of the ar­eas com­bined, be­cause of their lo­ca­tions.

“But we can ex­pand on the net­work. We could add Mingo later.”

The coun­cil also promised to help busi­nesses that did not have an ex­ist­ing web­site to de­velop one.

“They can ei­ther link to ex­ist­ing web­sites through the por­tals or we will help de­velop a sim­ple one for them,” Mr Wiskar said.

“Where you are (when ac­cess­ing) the wifi will de­ter­mine which web­sites you see. If you are in Biggen­den you will see Biggen­den busi­nesses.”

Mr Wiskar said there would be lim­its to the down­load quo­tas and length of time peo­ple could spend on the wifi.

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