Insight GIS has won the Tasmanian APSEA ‘People and Community Award’. The award was for the Local Links application developed for Kingborough Council. The Award recognises products or projects that make a difference to issues that affect communities via ‘grassroots’ initiatives.

The Awards, run by the Spatial Industries Business Association (SIBA|GITA) and the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI), celebrate the achievements of top spatial information enterprises and individuals.

SIBA|GITA CEO Deanna Hutchinson said that Insight GIS’ input in the Kingborough Council’s Local Links project was an innovative use of their technology and lifechanging for local residents.

“The project was designed to encourage and support walking and a healthy lifestyle within a local community. We commend Insight GIS for such creative use of spatial technology in making a real difference in the lives of people in the community,” said Mrs Hutchinson.

Insight GIS Managing Director Robert Rowell said that the team was incredibly honoured to receive such an acclimation. “It’s an amazing recognition of the work we’ve done, but also how we’ve been able to impact the lives of people living in Kingborough.

“Residents are now able to access information on the location of the closest bus stops, parks, schools, playgrounds, public toilets, fresh food outlets and community services, and how long it will take to walk there, within a 10 or 20 minute timeframe” said Mr Rowell.

“What makes it unique is that it identified more than 140 “urban links” such as footpaths and cut-throughs that aren’t highlighted on other sources such as Google Maps. It’s great that the APSEA Awards are recognising us, and we’re looking forward to the National Awards next year.”

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