Wifi hotspots coming soon
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.