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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.


Mayor's Column - Tuesday 24 May Mayor's Column - Tuesday 24 May

There has been a flurry of activity across the Gympie region, with more events and activities for residents and visitors than we have ever seen. I recently attended the Yamaha Australian Off-Road Championship at Miva. This event provides a great national profile for our region and I was impressed by the fast paced enthusiasm of both the participants and spectators. 

Many of my Councillor colleagues have also been out and about at various activities and events such as the 2nd Annual Rosella Festival, the opening of Hibiscus Aged Care facility, the Kilkivan campdraft and the Well Persons Health Check Day. And of course we can't forget the Gympie Show. Congratulations to the Show Committee and everyone who worked on this fantastic event. We were proud to once again sponsor this event for our community. It was a great opportunity to showcase our finest produce and activity. It was also wonderful to see the Mary Valley Rattler team had a stand at the show and were overwhelmed by the positive feedback and excitement from the community about the Rattler being back on track this December. 

Council was also pleased to bring Channel 7’s Weekend Sunrise to the region over the weekend. The program helped us to highlight many of our region's produce and tourism activities. Already the feedback regarding Sunrise has been overwhelming. We want to thank James Tobin and the whole Sunrise team for helping us to promote our great region. 

Cr. Mick Curran, Mayor