Nearly $200,000 will be spent to install digital information kiosks and beacons around the Mid Murray.
A federal government grant of $195,426 will allow the Destination Mid Murray project to be developed in 11 towns throughout the region, moving the information bay into the digital space.
Both Mid Murray residents and visitors would be able to access council services through an app and would be provided increased opportunities to access job-finding, social connection and government services.
Regional Development Australia Murraylands and Riverland chief executive officer Jo Podoliak said the app would allow residents to access library and council services, while visitors to the region would be able to access all attractions on offer at the push of a button.
“We’ve found that most people are searching for things to do outside of working hours, which means they probably can’t get into one of our information stations,” Ms Podoliak said.
“So, if we looked at the tourists, they’ll be able to get hold of all the information they’ll need whenever they need to find it.”
Mid Murray tourism manager Deb Alexander said the app would be similar to one used at the Adelaide Zoo.
“It will be able to act as a private tour guide, giving whoever was using it the information about the tourist attraction they were visiting,” she said.
“Things like this make me really excited that the council will be moving more into the digital space.”
Ms Alexander said this was a pilot that would be tested in Mannum and Morgan before being rolled out to other towns if it is found to be successful.
Mid Murray Mayor Dave Burgess said the Destination project would push the region into the forefront of information and tourism services.
“This is going to make it easier for both our residents and visitors to our region,” Mr Burgess said.
Member for Barker Tony Pasin commended the council and partners for their innovation.
“Destination Mid Murray is a new, smart and innovative solution to improve the liveability of the Mid Murray Region,” he said.
“It will create dynamic, data-driven and multi-screen user experiences that will improve the delivery of council services and access to public data to the Mid Murray community.”
The District Council of Loxton Waikerie, Regional Development Australia Murraylands and Riverland Inc, Cadell Community and Tourist Association, The Swan Reach Progress Association Corporated were application partners with the Mid Murray Council.