Gympie Regional Council delivers Instant Information
Residents, visitors and the business community can now access significant council and community information through Gympie Regional Council’s new online mapping services.
The online map can be found on Council’s website under ‘Public Mapping’ and provides property and land information, town planning zones and overlays, council facilities, flood maps, aerial images and more.
The new system has been in pre-release and testing for the last couple of months, allowing tweaks so the public get the best results.
Mayor Mick Curran said “This is another example of Council working to provide greater access and transparency to information and to maximise cost efficiencies for our residents”.
“We have included information we know people are looking for and put it in one place. For example the Community Facility map has information such as dog off leash areas, caravan dump points, schools and sporting facilities so that new residents to the area can find the information they need all in one go.” he said.
The new mapping software “IntraMaps” is industry leading being used by over 300 local governments in Australia and New Zealand. Gympie Regional Council was one of the first Councils in Queensland to go with the new software for in-house and public mapping requirements.
This new mapping software offers significantly improved access to Council data and has increased staff efficacy and their ability to answer customer request. The online map is interactive allowing the user to turn map layers on and off. Printing facilities are included so users can print off maps for their own use anytime and for free. It includes interactive searching for addresses, road names, Lot Plan and community faculties.
Customers wanting to buy in the area or wanting flooding information are now able to search each property in their own time create their own printouts all without having to contact Council.
Council CEO Bernard Smith said “IntraMaps is a fast, efficient way of navigating through our Region. We have had excellent feedback from our customers, using both the online and front counter versions. They are amazed at how much information is available and how quickly they can access it.”
He said “We expect a significant reduction in calls from other industries after introducing the online maps. Groups like Energex can now locate Lot and Plan numbers themselves using the mapping portal without having to call council.”
In addition for those looking for facilities and services near their own property such as the nearest public pool, school or who their Councillor is, there is a new simple to use option called ‘Near Me’ ‘Near Me’ is a one stop shop for rate payers to find out about their local representative, waste collection days, and community facilities. All you need to know is your street address and ‘Near Me’ will do the rest for you.
‘Near Me’ is easily found on Council’s website on the Home page in the Quick Links section. This is a great option for use on smart phones.
The modernisation of Councils mapping system which includes the implementation of the new online maps was run in-house by the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Section.
Its successful implementation shows the high quality skill base and talent within Council staff.
This week I will be speaking on behalf of Council to over 150 delegates at the Queensland Timber conference in Brisbane. We have been invited to participate as our region has the largest employment within the timber industry in Queensland for a local government area.
The timber industry plays a vital role in our regional economy, with the conference an opportunity to address and discuss emerging issues such as the possible implications of the proposed vegetation management legislation which may have a significant effect on this industry. Decisions made by state and federal governments
, can have a significant impact on our economy and our community.
Another regional issue is the campaign to secure funding for the new section of the Bruce Highway, which is gaining momentum. As a former police officer, I, like many, have seen the tragic results of fatal crashes on the Bruce Highway.
I fully support our Federal Member, Llew O’Brien’s campaign, and together with my Wide Bay mayoral colleagues have attended meetings in Canberra to advocate the importance of this project.
I also congratulate the Gympie Times on their campaign and the support they have given.
Next week will see our communities once again come together for the many ANZAC Day ceremonies right across the region. It is significant that this year marks the 100 year anniversary since the end of the First World War.
I would encourage all residents, who are able, to attend one of the many services. It is an opportunity to recognise and thank not only those very brave servicemen and women, but also their families who have made significant sacrifices so that we can enjoy a democratic and free society.