Council has released its budget for the 2017-18 financial year.
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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.
Gympie Regional Council will vote today on a proposed $95.6 million Budget with a strong investment in roads and a low rates increase.
Ahead of the budget's final approval I can reveal that Council is planning to spend $15 million on roads and drainage infrastructure.
The proposed budget demonstrates that we are getting on with improving the conditions of our local roads.
It is proposed that almost $4 million would be allocated for parks, community facilities, halls and playgrounds including a further $995,000 for the upgrade of the Civic Centre and $665,000 for a new community hall at Curra.
Investing in community facilities and recreation helps promote active lifestyles, builds healthy communities and gives our residents something to be proud of.
Land revaluations from the State Government have made this budget more challenging however Council has worked hard to make sure the impact of these changes is minimal and fairly distributed across the region.
The average residential ratepayer will pay less than a 2.1% increase on their rates. The 10 percent discount to on-time rates payments will continue, as will the pensioner rebate of $160.
The Gympie Region has an increasing population, its economy is changing and it’s delivering more lifestyle and leisure options.
This budget not only reflects the important traditional elements of roads, rates and rubbish but it also meets a key responsibility of Council which is planning for the future of the region in a rapidly changing world.