CAMPASPE Shire Council’s ICT (information and communication technology) program — which cost more than $9 million — has finally been completed.
Which the mayor Adrian Weston recognised as a significant achievement at the council meeting recently.
‘‘I think Cr (Neil) Pankhurst and I ... are the only two councillors here tonight that made the decision to proceed with that huge expenditure of money,’’ Cr Weston said.
‘‘It is great to see that project finished and the increased level of services that in many cases has been an outcome of that program and the implementation of it, as well as some of the ongoing efficiencies.
‘‘So thank you to all those involved in sometimes difficult circumstances.’’
Cr Pankhurst said it was quite a ‘‘significant moment’’.
‘‘It was a significant program costing in excess of $9 million which has seen the total upgrade or replacement of our ICT systems which has now provided the organisation with a system where departments actually talk to each other,’’ he said.
‘‘We do look forward to the benefits and savings delivered but I think it’s worth noting the way the organisation has been able to work through and manage the implementation of this program.’’
The information and communication technology strategy, which later became known as iNspire, was adopted by council at the August 2012 meeting.
Among a whole list of changes it has upgraded a range of Microsoft systems (desktops and servers) and implemented remote access via Citrix and specific web applications.
Phone systems have been replaced and wifi introduced to the headquarters and fibre connected branches, while council’s external website has also been replaced and a new intranet framework built.
The Port of Echuca Discovery Centre, Echuca Paddlesteamers and Youth Portal have all received new websites and a point of sale ticketing system has been introduced at the port and paddlesteamer businesses.