THE Golden Plains Shire has won a national award for its creation of a tourism iPhone app.
The ‘Visit Golden Plains’ iPhone app received top honours at the 26th National Awards for Excellence in Local Government, which were held in Canberra on Tuesday night.
It won the main prize in the small council section (less than 15,000 rateable properties).
More than 370 entries were received from 179 councils across Australia.
Regional Australia and Local Government Minister Simon Crean said the positive impact Golden Plains had on tourists and residents made it stand out above the rest.
“Golden Plains Shire Council stood out as a council making substantial contributions to its community and creating an environment that makes the region a better place to live and visit,” Mr Crean said.
The Smartphone app features an interactive map of the Golden Plains area, including visitor information and landmark images all designed to assist tourists in finding and enjoying the attractions.
It also identifies important locations such as public toilets, food stops, petrol and eftpos facilities.
The technology enables people to access information about the Golden Plains area anywhere, anytime from the convenience of a Smartphone, iPad or Android tablet.
Golden Plains mayor Cr Geraldine Frantz encouraged people to download the app and experience the charm of the Golden Plains region.
“This accolade is an important achievement, which not only recognises the talent of the officers involved, but importantly highlights the benefits of investing in progressive and innovative solutions to local challenges,” Cr Frantz said.