If you're feeling the need for some fresh air and sunshine, or the kids are hassling you to go to the park, but you have work to do and can't leave your computer - it's Lord Mayor Graham Quirk to the rescue!
It may have caused some political controversy, but the Mayor and Brisbane City Council have just spent two million dollars installing free wi-fi access in 22 parks and public spaces across Brisbane. A further $413,000 has been allocated for the continued wi-fi access available in BCC public libraries.
Courtesy of Brisbane City Council website
After a trial in New Farm Park and City Botanic Gardens whereby over 10,000 people accessed the free service, the service has now been rolled out to some of Brisbane's most popular parks and public spaces including Post Office Square, King George Square, and Kind Edward Park in the city. The suburbs have not been left behind with hotspots at West End, Paddington, Sandgate, Toowong, Forest Lake and many more. Check here for a full list of Wi-Fi hotspots.
Available 24/7, anyone with a wi-fi enabled device including mobile phones, video game consoles and personal computers can access the free service. Simply search the 'wireless networks' on your device and connect to 'CouncilWiFi', no log in required. Signs mark the 100 metre radius where free service is accessible.
It's definitely a new age; no doubt some will argue that this development is a travesty and that parks and public spaces are no place for technology, while others may consider it more of a natural progression. Perhaps parents can use it as bait to get kids out of the house and into the parks?
Feel free to leave your opinion in the comments section.