Pa­per­less plan clicks with lo­cals


Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Victoria Park - Michele Nu­gent

THE Town of Vic­to­ria Park has been cited as a per­fect ex­am­ple of how go­ing pa­per­less can work in to­day’s dig­i­tal world.

Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Min­is­ter Tony Simp­son and WA Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment As­so­ci­a­tion (WALGA) pres­i­dent Troy Pickard joined Vic­to­ria Park deputy mayor Claire An­der­son at the Town’s of­fices last week to launch Coun­cil­sOn­line.

To date, the Town has re­ceived nearly 200 build­ing and plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tions on­line through the elec­tronic lodge­ment pro­gram, with pa­per ap­pli­ca­tions no longer ac­cept­able from Oc­to­ber 1.

Mr Simp­son said the pro­gram had been suc­cess­fully tri­alled at Vic­to­ria Park, Gos­nells and Swan coun­cils since 2012, with 20,000 ap­pli­ca­tions sub­mit­ted and 19,000 ap­proved through Coun­cil­sOn­line.

“The Town is the third WA coun­cil to in­tro­duce this par­tic­u­lar elec­tronic lodge­ment soft­ware and has so far re­ceived pos­i­tive feed­back from res­i­dents and com­pa­nies who have used it,” act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive An­thony Vuleta said. “Sub­mit­ting build­ing and plan­ning ap- pli­ca­tions on­line vastly im­proves time­lines as it can save at least two to three days in get­ting ap­proval.

“Once peo­ple have regis­tered with us on­line so they can lodge and track their ap­pli­ca­tion via the web­site any time of the day or night, which saves on pa­per­work as well as phone calls and vis­its to coun­cil of­fices.”

Pic­ture: David Baylis

WALGA pres­i­dent Troy Pickard, Vic­to­ria Park deputy mayor Claire An­der­son and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Min­is­ter Tony Simp­son.

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