City enters digital age
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.