Planning prize for Hinchinbrook app
A WEB- based application created in North Queensland has won a Planning Institute of Australia award, Queensland, for the Best Planning Ideas – Small Project.
The Hinchinbrook Development App is a first for the region, created by Hinchinbrook Shire Council in collab- oration with Townsvillebased Milford Planning and GP One Consulting.
The app analyses digital mapping and data sets to quickly communicate the level of natural hazard and planning controls in the shire.
It can give data on specific lot numbers via a user- friendly interface compatible with all devices.
Hinchinbrook Mayor Ramon Jayo said the app was “groundbreaking stuff”.
“We now have our region’s mapping and planning data available at our fingertips,” Cr Jayo said.
Hinchinbrook Shire CEO Alan Rayment said the project was a great example of the council’s staff working with external consultants to deliver a successful outcome.
“All parties should be congratulated,” Mr Rayment said.
Milford Planning principal George Milford said the information provided by the app gave people a clear idea of land uses in a way that was easy to understand.
“I think we need to do a better job of presenting planning requirements and technology is giving us the tools to do that much more costeffectively,” Mr Milford said.
He said the app was a readily transferable prototype for communicating land use planning policy for regional local government areas.
The Hinchinbrook Development App was commended by judges for its innovation and the detail it provided to assist in managing future natural hazards. This level of detail was typically not available in regional communities.
The app was jointly funded by Hinchinbrook Shire Council and the State Government’s Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning under the Innovation and Improvement Fund.
It is available on the council’s website, Mapping and GIS Services page.