City en­ters dig­i­tal age

Canning Gazette - - NEWS - Dave Fried­los

PUB­LIC Wi-fi, smart parks and a sin­gle on­line por­tal for book­ing lo­cal spa­ces and fa­cil­i­ties are all part of a pro­posed dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion in the City of Can­ning.

The coun­cil has en­dorsed a five-year dig­i­tal strat­egy that sets out the vi­sion for a ‘smart city’.

The aim of the strat­egy is to make it “sim­ple and fast” to get things done.

The cen­tre­piece of the plan is the Next Gen­er­a­tion Com­mu­nity Park.

Lo­cated on the cur­rently in­ac­ces­si­ble Wharf Street Basin, the park and na­ture play trail will in­cor­po­rate smart tech­nol­ogy for recre­ation and ed­u­ca­tion.

The City will also pro­vide free Wi-fi at li­braries, leisure­plexes and out­door lo­ca­tions, be­gin­ning with Sill Park in Bent­ley.

Be­hind the scenes, One­book­ing will en­able res­i­dents to book cour­ses or venues, such as ovals and halls, through a sin­gle site.

The City will also re­place all its core busi­ness sys­tems, such as fi­nance and as­set man­age­ment, with a sin­gle sys­tem to re­duce op­er­at­ing costs and in­crease staff pro­duc­tiv­ity.

Dig­i­tal screens and vir­tual re­al­ity to vi­su­alise build­ings are also part of the plan.

Mayor Paul Ng said it was an ex­cit­ing time for the trans­for­ma­tion and growth of the City.

WA Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Lynne Craigie said dig­i­tal plat­forms were be­com­ing an in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar method for coun­cils to en­gage with lo­cal res­i­dents.

How­ever, given the fast pace of change, she cau­tioned coun­cils to con­sider how a dig­i­tal strat­egy could be adapted should tech­nol­ogy evolve.

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