Mayor appy about cleaner Bayswater

BAYSWATER council has launched its new smartphone app for residents to report vandalism and other problems around the city.

Currently good samaritans reporting a tag or dangerous pothole can be punished with a lengthy wait listening to hold music, but now they can instantly upload their grievance on the  council’s Localeye app.

The original idea came from councillor Chris Cornish, who found it a hassle navigating through the various links on the city’s website just to report a bit of graffiti.

He wanted a streamlined app that people could point at graffiti, potholes or other problems and automatically send to the city along with the location.

• Bayswater councillor Alan Radford says reporting graffiti with a smartphone app will let Paul Lazaridis and the rest of the maintenance crew get there quick to rub it out.

• Bayswater councillor Alan Radford says reporting graffiti with a smartphone app will let Paul Lazaridis and the rest of the maintenance crew get there quick to rub it out.

The end result’s quite different from his original one-click vision; the elaborate Localeye produced by the WA local government association also lets people find local facilities or search upcoming events.

“Localeye makes it quick and easy for our residents to report everything from graffiti to storm damage or potholes for the city to then follow up and action,” Bayswater mayor Barry McKenna said.

It uses the phone’s GPS to automatically identify the location where a picture was taken, then users tag the problem and send it through to city staff.

“It really is as simple as that and it provides our residents with a contemporary 21st century reporting tool for alerting council,” Mr McKenna says.

“The app is on my phone and I’m looking forward to getting out and about to test it out.”

The app’s free on Applestore for iPhoners and Google Play for Androiders.

by DAVID BELL

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