New app will help clean up Porirua
Smartphone- wielding people can smarten up their city on the go, thanks to an app being promoted by Porirua City Council.
The iCouncil app allows people to take a photo of problems such as cracked footpaths or potholes, write an accompanying description, and email it to the council.
The app will log the GPS location of complaints to allow council staff to find and fix the problem.
Mayor Nick Leggett said the app was still in its testing stage, but he would eventually like to see a website set up so people could see every complaint lodged.
Similar websites overseas resulted in people sorting out each other’s problems before councils did, Mr Leggett said.
The popularity of Porirua in Chorus’s Gigatown broadband competition showed people were ready to embrace online and mobile engagement with the council, Mr Leggett said.
Porirua is still second in the Gigatown rankings, with 202,059 points, behind Oamaru on 306,771. Palmerston North is third with 306,771.
To get the app visit itunes.com/ apps/icouncil.
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