Antenno, the recently released Gore District Council app for smartphones, is proving popular with residents.
More than 100 people have downloaded it since last week.
A post on the council’s social networking website on Tuesday afternoon alerted residents the app was available.
The app allows people to receive up-to-date notifications from the council on their smartphone and also to report to council staff.
Gore resident Holly Murphy said when she saw the post she immediately downloaded the app.
“I downloaded it and just jumped straight on and had a look.
“I was stoked to see [the council] doing that,” Ms Murphy said.
Receiving notifications about which wheelie bin to put out on collection day was one feature that appealed to her.
“Especially over Christmas and public holidays, I’m always forgetting when is the right wheelie day bin for me.”
She often took her daughters to playgrounds and parks in the district and realised how useful the app would be if she needed to report an issue to the council.
“I can literally whip out my phone [and] fill out a report rather than having to ring them.”
There had been several times in the past when she had told the council about vandalism, and a water leak at one of the playgrounds.
“The only time I’ve ever had to ring the council is for stuff that’s all covered on this app.”
She was increasingly using her phone for tasks.
“I just use apps these days.”
Gore District Council communications/marketing manager Sonia Gerken said the council was always looking for ways to improve communication with residents “in terms of how we can get information out to them quickly and in a timely manner”.
Social media and the council’s website worked well, but only when people were online.
“Now [the app] enables us to get up-to-date relevant information to our residents and it also enables them to report issues to us.”
The council was the first one in Southland to use this app, which is available to councils around the country.
“We’re so excited to have it.”
The app was developed by a company called Datacom and can be downloaded from app stores.
The official launch of the app would be at the Gore A&P Show on February 2.