Gawler Connected Community App first in Australia

The Gawler Connected Community App, which makes it a breeze for local residents to connect with Council and local businesses, is now available for download. 

The app provides users with a one-stop shop for multiple transactions, such as paying Council rates, checking roadwork notifications or making purchases and booking appointments with local businesses. 

Federal Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge said the app would provide new convenient ways for local businesses to function. 

“Smartphone technology is shaping our society and creating exciting opportunities for businesses and local government to work together,” Mr Tudge said.

“Increasing exposure to local industry will enable the economy to grow and create a prosperous future for the town of Gawler.”

Senator for South Australia David Fawcett said the app would modernise communication and service delivery for residents.  
 
“The Australian Government’s Smart Cities and Suburbs program encourages innovation and supports local councils like the Town of Gawler to use technology-based solutions to improve liveability,” Senator Fawcett said.

“This app offers Gawler residents improved methods to obtain information and assists Council to provide more efficient services.”

Town of Gawler Mayor Karen Redman said the savvy technology was easy to use and would deliver immediate benefits to users. 

“It makes sense that the Town of Gawler would embrace this powerful tool to bring Council closer to its residents – the community will be better connected than it has ever been,” Cr Redman said.

“It will also help local and regional businesses grow, invest and create more jobs.”

The Gawler Connected Community App is part of the broader $944,457 Gawler: Connected Community Project. The Australian Government committed $250,000 through its Smart Cities and Suburbs Program and the Town of Gawler committed the remainder. 

Other sub-projects include digital wayfinding devices (a customisable visual map that quickly and efficiently directs customers to the places they need to go), installed at the Gawler Visitor Information Centre, Gawler Sport and Community Centre and Walker Place. Public Wi-Fi has also been put in place. 

The app will be officially launched at the Gawler Fringe Opening Event on 16 February 2020 and will be available for download on smart devices from the App Store and Google Play.

For more information about the app, visit https://www.gawler.sa.gov.au/your-council/connectedcommunity.