Augusta Digital Town Project

Augusta Digital Town Project

Augusta and locality boasts an amazing environment, interesting geography and rich history. This project aims to use a range of technologies to explain and interpret the special stories of Augusta for the benefit of locals and visitors alike.

Large interactive touch screens will enable visitors to see what is available and decide on activities in and around the town, as well as gain remote advice from consultants and local experts as they plan. Rather than just providing visitor information in one location to those visitors who decide to seek assistance, the aim is to disperse the provision of information & advice through the community by partnering with other businesses and locations.

Mobile devices (phones and tablets) can be used as digital guides as people walk or drive around the locality. With the YMRR Regional App downloaded, a series of beacons will trigger information in the form of audio, images, video etc. to appear on a mobile device within range of the beacon. This can be used to interpret each location, explain what can be seen, describe the history of the site, and bring alive stories, characters and lives.

smartphone-deetsThe first stage of the project is to identify what are the most interesting places to go in and around Augusta and what kind of interpretation and story-telling would be relevant. This could be historical, environmental, geographical, character/life stories (past & present). Anything that would enhance a visit to Augusta. Whilst the main objective of this project is to boost tourism by attracting visitors to come to Augusta, or stop on their journey to/from the lighthouse, it is also a community project in that it records and celebrates the uniqueness of Augusta and the surrounding locality.

A workshop has been organised for Monday 17th October at the Augusta CRC from 5pm to 7pm. If you can contribute ideas for this project please come along and join in. We need as many as possible to be involved. Once we have gathered the ideas and prioritised them, we can begin researching the information & stories and commence any recording or filming that might be necessary.

We look forward to seeing you on the 17th and to working with you on this exciting project for the benefit of Augusta and the region.

Chamber Newsletter – August 2016

Hello and welcome to the first of monthly newsletters about the Augusta Chamber of Commerce.

Firstly, let me introduce you to the Executive Committee

  • President – Doug Thompson of Leeuwin Diner (formerly Augusta Delights)
  • Vice President – Sue Beilken of Augusta Newsagency
  • Secretary – Allira Ross (trainee) of the Community Resource Centre
  • Treasurer – David Beilken of Augusta Newsagency (temporary)
Networking at the Business Breakfast

Networking at the Business Breakfast

With the past weeks being a bit quieter on the business front, the executive committee and myself have had discussions on how best for our chamber to represent the community, as well as harness new initiatives for the town of Augusta.

To kickstart this new direction, we have had both a breakfast meeting, catered by the CRC, with guest speakers Business Southwest, and a “Business After Dark” network night, catered by Brendan from Blackwood Views Café and guest speaker Leanne from Whale Watch WA.  This new approach of networking with local business and associates has the potential to benefit both the businesses of the town and the community.

Some of the Chambers greatest projects to date are:

  • Wall of Faces – powered by Eion Lindsay and Sue Juniper
  • Streetscape – with our indispensable volunteer Di Foster!
  • Bike Racks around town – Eion Lindsay in conjunction with the AMR Shire
  • Whalesong / Blessing of the Fleet – Dennis Meagher and Dept of Transport

Future projects rely on grants, collaborations/discussions with the Shire, other government departments, key public and private sector organisations plus our hard determined focus and voice.  These include (and are certainly not limited to): Grassing of the Augusta Boat Harbour and the development of the corner Ellis and Blackwood Streets.

So as you can see, we are an active group, however we are looking for new members who have passion, initiative and new ideas to help sustainable growth of our businesses and community. The bigger we are, the more we channel “Our Voice”.

Your membership will help drive our Chamber into a positive future, as well as benefit you!

What a great opportunity to mix with other business members in our community and hear the latest news!

Next MeetingOur next meetings:

1st Sept – Sundowner at Augusta Hotel
Hosted by MRBTA guest speaker Pip Close

AGM Oct 8th Venue TBA

Business After Dark

Business After Dark

 

Augusta Chamber of Commerce invites you to Business After Dark

Guest Speaker Sandy Jensen of Legend Boat Charters

Thursday 7th July at 6:30pm

Light meal and drinks provided: Cost $20
Vegetarian meals available on request.