Brisbane’s digital credentials are set to grow, with Council rolling-out free Wi-Fi access in the CBD.

This year Council has committed to extending our Queen Street Mall and South Bank Wi-Fi, right across the CBD, allowing people to use their mobile devices to access free internet in more areas of the city.

Our free Wi-Fi in Council parks, libraries and in the Valley Malls has already proved extremely popular – particularly for visitors to the city.

Making these services available in other parts of the CBD is a big part of what distinguishes Brisbane as a New World City, alongside retaining a Chief Digital Officer to continue delivering our Digital Strategy and working with small and medium businesses to drive business use of digital technology.

Our Queen Street Mall is Australia’s most popular mall, with 26 million visitors each year. I recently announced a new project in Edward Street, to revitalise and transform the area into a showcase street.

The new Edward Street shopping precinct will become a key retail destination, transformed with road resurfacing works, kerbside and footpath upgrades and beautification works – for the distance between the Queen Street Mall and Charlotte Street.

Edward Street has already established itself as Brisbane’s home for international luxury brands such as Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co., Georg Jensen, Rhodes & Beckett and Oroton to name but a few.

We want to support this precinct by transforming Edward Street with wider footpaths and tree-lined streets to make it a unique retail destination that our city can be proud of and will attract international and local visitors.

The Victoria Bridge, which links the Queen Street Mall to South Bank, is also set to get a makeover, with a new project to light it with new programmable LEDs.

This follows the extraordinary popularity of the Story Bridge lighting and the lighting of other city locations including Redacliff Place and City Hall.

Coucil will replace the existing, out-dated decorative fluorescent lighting on the Victoria Bridge which will allow it to be lit to mark special occasions.

The new lights will be programmed to change colour and deliver mesmerising designs for special events, similar to the G20 cultural celebrations last year.