Council welcomes more free WiFi sites to network
  • Thursday 20 March 2014
Local cafe scene

Sunshine Coast Council has welcomed two new free WiFi locations to the network it established in 2012.

Economic Development Portfolio Councillor Stephen Robinson has congratulated Stockland for its two sites at Bells Reach in Caloundra and Brightwater in Mountain Creek.

“Council started this WiFi initiative to get people connected right across the Sunshine Coast,” Cr Robinson said.

“We now have 36 hotspots in 23 locations across the region in our libraries, council forecourts, art gallery, caravan parks, the airport and Cotton Tree, Coolum and Mooloolaba esplanade business precinct open spaces.

“Council is working towards a sustainable economy and as part of its Economic Development Strategy, identified the significance of a digital economy – free WiFi plays a critical role in this by connecting local businesses and the community.

“This is highlighted by the 500,000 times the free WiFi has been used since it was established.

“Users simply connect to the ‘Free WiFi Sunshine Coast’ service to access up to two hours of broadband speed internet connection – and it’s up to three times as fast as comparable services in other council areas.

“It’s great to see that Stockland has now joined the effort by signing up to the Big Air Community Broadband service we have used for the past two years.”

At Bells Reach, free WiFi is available in the community’s popular Blue Park with coverage including the playground, BBQ area, new Pod CafĂ© and other open space.

At Brightwater, free WiFi is available in the community’s popular Lakefront Park on Amberjack Street, with coverage including the playground area and surrounding waterfront.