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Little interest in City’s Virtual Reality Oval tour

THE City of Swan has revealed just 10 community members have taken the opportunity to view a virtual reality display of the Midland Oval Redevelopment Masterplan since it was released last month.

As revealed in the March 8 edition of Echo News, the City decided to release the tour early, despite it lacking roughly 50 per cent of the final detail, in an effort to help the community better visualise and  understand the MORM.

However it seems as though the public was not interested in the virtual reality tour, with five community members taking the opportunity between March 9 and March 19, while a further five completed a tour on April 11.

City CEO Mike Foley said that in the future, the City planned to further promote the virtual reality tour, with no paid advertising undertaken – although the  tour was introduced to the public at the special elector’s meeting on March 13 to what Mr Foley described as disappointing results.

“We thought more community members would have engaged with the VR, particularly at the Special Meeting of Electors,” he said.

“City staff set up the VR tour at the Midland Town Hall, specifically to give attendees a useful opportunity to take the tour ahead of the meeting. 

“Unfortunately only three people, out of approximately 240 attendees, took up that opportunity on the night.”

Mr Foley said the City would increase the accessibility of the tours in the future in an effort to engage more members of the public.

“The VR has not been advertised in the media, but once the VR landscape is fully completed, we expect to increase the accessibility of these tours through further promotion and advertising,” he said.

“The VR tour is already impressively detailed at just 50 per cent completion, so we are looking forward to sharing the VR tour with the community at its full potential.

“In future, the City is looking at options to take the VR on a community roadshow to local schools as part of further consultation directly related to the playground and hangout spaces in the MORM.”

Community members are still welcome to book in for a VR tour, by getting in touch with the City on 9267 9267. 

A 3D fly-through of the masterplan, which is similar to the VR tour, is also available on the City’s website.

By Liam Ducey

About Liam Ducey

Liam Ducey is an experienced journalist, having worked in print media in Kalgoorlie, Esperance, Port Hedland, Bunbury and across the metropolitan area, as well as online for several Fairfax Media mastheads. His reporting has seen him awarded the 2013 Clubs WA award for Best Club Media Story and the Western Australian Football Commission Umpiring Media Award in 2014. He was a finalist in three categories in the 2018 WA Media Awards and is not at all salty that he didn't win at least one. He's recently had a baby girl, Emilia, with his wife Roselyn and has lost all concept of time and sleep.

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