Paperless plan clicks with locals
APPLICATIONS GO ONLINE
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.”
WALGA president Troy Pickard, Victoria Park deputy mayor Claire Anderson and Local Government Minister Tony Simpson.