Online submission system developed by local firm wins award 08 May 2012 The Thames-Coromandel District Council has won the Best New Website Feature Award for its Online Submission System. The Council's new Online Submission System that was used for the draft 2012 Ten Year Plan submissions, won the award (in the under 50,000 population category) last night at the Association of Local Government Information Management (ALGIM) conference. Council Communications Manager Benjamin Day said today that the award was the icing on the cake for staff involved in the project. "It was a huge team effort to get the project to go-live for the Ten Year plan consultation and is a real credit to the IT team and the local software company that invested heavily into the development of the system". The Online Submission System was developed to make it easier for residents and ratepayers to make a submission, given that many of the Council's ratepayers do not live permanently in the district. The system, commissioned by Council staff for the Ten Year plan consultation, was developed by a local Thames company TwentyFour. TCDC website 6th best in the country At the same local government I.T./web conference, the new TCDC website was ranked 6th best in the country for the local government sector, exceeding the project's objective of achieving a top 10 ranking at this year's conference. TDC was ranked 18th in 2011 and 33rd in 2010. "The ranking is a stellar result for the project" said IT Manager Murray Foster, the goal was to make it into the top ten and we've certainly done that!". "The huge effort to rewrite the entire site, create hundreds of new pages, invest in a new design and layout and improve the overall functionality and userability have been well worth it and our customers, many of whom don't live on the peninsula, should find interacting with us online a much more productive experience" said Mr Foster.