City of Perth to lift profile and potential of website

THE City of Perth is planning to install e-commerce features on its website.

The site, which attracts an average of 85,000 hits a month, will be upgraded to include on-line bill paying, elector enrolment, and registration for special mail-out lists.

Perth City corporate services director Noelene Jennings said the site was presently information-based and allowed for little interaction.

“At the moment users can look up the history of the city, the council and council minutes, all sorts of information,” Mrs Jennings said.

“We want to make it more interactive, so people can download various forms and submit their information online … it will be a lot more self-help.

“And it’s not so much e-commerce as e-government.

“We also have a link to the BankWest tower web-cam and there is a huge potential to develop that.”

Nine eligible tenders from Internet companies to develop phase two of the website were considered by the city.

The winning bid came from Highway1, which proposes to build the new site features at a cost of $48,500.

The concepts were recently supported by the city’s Principal Activities Plan focus group, members of which said they felt it important they received updated e-mails on a regular basis about activities taking place within the area.

Ms Jennings said a strong Internet presence was important to the city as it was visited by people from around the globe.

“We have inquiries from all over the world about the city from people about to holiday or live here,” she said.

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