Plan­ning prize for Hinch­in­brook app

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - TONY RAGGATT busi­ness ed­i­tor tony. [email protected] news. com. au

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.

TOP APP: Town plan­ner with Mil­ford Plan­ning Mat­teo San­dona and di­rec­tor of GP One Con­sult­ing Gareck Packer with their award- win­ning Hinch­in­brook De­vel­op­ment App. Pic­ture: SHAE BEPLATE

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