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A free app that showcases the work of acclaimed architect William Charles Vahland will be launched this morning.
The City of Greater Bendigo has developed the app in partnership with digital agency Isobar.
The ‘Vahland’s Bendigo’ app uses beacon technology to guide users to a selection of locations in central Bendigo where Vahland’s work can be admired.
It features photos and information about key places including the Alexandra Fountain, the Bendigo Town Hall, the Bendigo Art Gallery and the Rifle Brigade Hotel.
Mayor Cr Rod Fyffe said the app aimed to encourage people to explore and celebrate the legacy of Vahland and learn more about some of Bendigo’s most familiar sights.
“We believe the City is the first Council in Victoria to use beacon technology to celebrate its heritage buildings and their significance,” Cr Fyffe said.
“Bendigo has been innovative ever since the gold rush; this is a great example of Bendigo maintaining its innovative edge, by using technology to promote our city.
“We want our residents to be able to actively engage with their city and this is a great way to do that.”
The app was developed in kind by Isobar and is supported by the National Trust.
Isobar CEO Konrad Spilva said technology had a strong role to play in the celebration of culture and history in Australia.
“This is particularly true in rural and regional Australia, which tends to be under represented in both technology and design,” Mr Spilva said.
“It’s exciting to see the City of Greater Bendigo invest in mobile technology and continue to build its reputation as a regional arts and cultural hub."
The City’s fundraising campaign to restore the Vahland Drinking Fountain is still underway. Contributions can be made at any Bendigo Bank branch in Bendigo or online at http://www.bendigobank.com.au/vahland.
The app is available on iPad and iPhone devices. Search ‘Vahland’s Bendigo’ in the App Store.