Council lets contract for $458,000 time machine

Alpine Shire Council last night awarded the contract for the development and implementation of the Great Alpine Time Machine.

The Time Machine is an innovative interactive trip planner which will allow visitors to plan their travel itinerary online before they leave home or at special kiosks at Council's Visitor Information Centres once they are in the Shire.

Alpine CEO, Ian Nicholls said the project will develop and install a travel planner on touch screen booths that will ask visitors how long they have to spend in the Shire, what their interests are and then create a printed itinerary to meet their individual needs.

"We are very excited about the innovative nature of this project and the ideas and options that the John Temple Group came up with. The contract is for the research including mapping, branding, development of the itinerary builder software, photography, audio, construction of the kiosks, information technology management, project management and marketing," Mr Nicholls said.

The contract was awarded to the John Temple Group Pty Ltd from South Australia. The John Temple Group has designed and developed customised contractor and visitor information systems for clients such as Ford and Mirvac. In 2009 the John Temple Group won the Australian Business Award for the Best E-Business product.

Council received $433,000 in funding for the project as part of AusIndustry's TQUAL Grants which is an Australian Government funded initiative. The objective of TQUAL Grants is to stimulate sustainable growth in the Australian tourism industry by supporting initiatives that develop innovative product, services or systems within the tourism industry.

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