SPECIALISED local government software technology developed by a Brighton Council business has won a contract with a New South Wales water authority to provide a billing and land information system.
Microwise Australia, wholly owned by Brighton Council, won a competitive tender to provide a billing system as well as associated land information management for Rous Water in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales.
Rous Water is a regional water supply authority serving Lismore, Ballina, Byron and the Richmond Valley. It includes more than 33,000 connections and approximately 1900 retail connections to the Rous Water trunk main system, with the water supply system serving a population of around 95,000 over 3000 square kilometres.
Brighton Mayor Tony Foster said winning the tender was a major coup for Microwise and demonstrated the quality, functionality and competitiveness of the Tasmanian technology.
“It shows that the technology solutions that we have developed in Tasmania can compete on the national and international market and it is not necessary to seek often expensive options from interstate or overseas,” Cr Foster said.
“Our PropertyWise software solution now being used by Rous Water provides all property information, search and reporting functions as well as account billing.
“It meets all the regulatory requirements and billing functionality for local government and water utility providers.
“The system developed by Brighton Council is suitable for regional water authorities but is also capable of providing billing services for other state-wide authorities and local government bodies.”
The Microwise software is seamlessly linked and designed specifically to run alongside Microsoft Dynamic NAV. Together, the combined products of PropertyWise and Microsoft Dynamics NAV are marketed by Australia’s largest Microsoft Solution Provider, Eclipse Computing under the name CouncilPoint.
Microwise software solutions including PropertyWise and Vacciwise are used by 30 local government authorities across three Australian states as well as internationally. PropertyWise is used by more councils in Tasmania than any other local government software solution.
Cr Foster said Brighton was justifiably proud of its Microwise business.
“We are developing technology solutions that not only enable us to cost effectively serve our ratepayers, but are also selling the software in Tasmania, interstate and overseas and earning valuable income that in turn is used to benefit the Brighton community.
“Microwise is demonstrating that we are at the leading edge of technology, particularly in the local government and public authority sector,” Cr Foster said