The Minister officially launched the project on Thursday 27 April at a City of Rockingham function where he said the City of Rockingham was leading the way in local government innovation.
“I’m very impressed with what the City has achieved,” Minister Templeman said. “This is a classic example of the brilliant work happening in local government and it’s happening here in WA.”
More than 1300 community members have already signed up to the secure portal which enables residents and ratepayers to connect with the City anywhere, anytime using any PC, tablet or mobile device. Through Rock Port they can set up their own profile and receive information about topics that interest them, opt in to receive electronic versions of the City’s regular publications, and even check and pay their rates account. They can also have input into important issues and future projects to help shape the City’s future, and rate how happy they are to be living in the City on a happiness index.
Mayor Barry Sammels said further validation of Rock Port’s success was its selection as a finalist in the Western Australian Information Technology and Telecommunication Awards Incite Awards in the Most Effective Government Solution category.
“The awards recognise outstanding performance and contributions by members of the ICT community in Western Australia,” Mayor Barry Sammels said. “We are very proud of this new portal which is fully integrated with the City’s information systems network. It makes keeping in touch with the City, and receiving information you want about the many different things we are doing, easier than ever.”
Community members have until 15 May 2017 to be in the running to win $9000 worth of cash prizes just by signing up to Rock Port at www.cityrockport.com.au. First prize is $5000, second prize is $3000 and third prize is $1000. Terms and conditions apply.