HORSHAM Rural City Councillors have been updated on the progress of a community map that shows information such as planning zones and health services to residents and prospective migrants.
Council information communications technology co-ordinator Vincent Liao reported to councillors that updated aerial photos were now being used by staff and members of the public through the online interactive map.
“Six authorities have been involved in the aerial imagery capture program that has been a collaborative approach to provide updated urban and rural aerial imagery and to share the overall costs,” Mr Liao’s report stated.
“Five authorities involved were part of the Wimmera Southern Mallee Geographic Information Systems Shared Services group and comprised of Hindmarsh Shire Council, Horsham Rural City Council, Northern Grampians Shire Council, West Wimmera Shire Council and the Wimmera Catchment Management Authority.
“The Pyrenees Shire Council was also involved.”
Cr Josh Koenig said he was a big fan of the map and tried to get everyone he could to check out the online map.
Cr Koenig also said the designers should add projectdates to the capital works overlay to give people a better indication of what was happening.
Horsham mayor Pam Clarke said it was a great project.
“The total cost for this aerial photography project was $26,222 for all of Horsham council’s urban and rural areas,” Mr Liao’s report stated.
“If Council were to capture our own aerial photography without the Co-ordinated Imagery Program it would have cost upwards of $60,000.”
“Further discussion will need to take place within the Wimmera Southern Mallee Geographic Information Systems Shared Services group regarding the optimal frequency of future capture and whether all parties still wish to be involved. Possible future financial commitment would be determined at that point in time.”
The Community Map can be accessed online via a link on the Horsham Rural City Council website’s homepage at www.hrcc.vic.gov.au.