Virtual warriors putting Collie on the map

Collie has sprung on to the virtual map with a spate of 360-degree photographs being uploaded to Google Street View.

As part of the Operation Next Gen Collie activities, a community workshop was held with Tim Gentle from Think Digital on 5 August at the Collie Art Gallery to learn the basics of 360-degree photography using a smartphone. All sixteen people in attendance agreed to help put Collie’s places of interest on the virtual map by becoming ‘virtual warriors’.

“The results have been impressive,” admits Tyron Massara who hosted the event on behalf of the Operation Next Gen ambassadors. “At the time of the workshop there were only two postings in the Central Business District, both made by Tim, and now we have 47 thanks to our virtual warriors.”

“At the time of the workshop there were only two postings in the Central Business District, both made by Tim, and now we have 47 thanks to our virtual warriors.”

In their spare time the virtual warriors have been out and about recording everything from the inside of the railway carriage café in central park to businesses and tourist destinations. A group of local high school students have been particularly engaged in this innovative exercise.

Sarah Stanley is helping to coordinate the photography on behalf of Collie River Valley Marketing to ensure that all places of interest are covered in the coming months.

“We are effectively putting Collie on the virtual map which has lots of real life advantages,” explains Tyron. “When people Google Collie they will now have lots of visuals to support their decision making with regards to travel and potentially relocating here.”

For those interested in viewing the virtual warrior contributions you can view them by downloading the free Google Street View app. You can also find them via Google Maps by clicking on the images with a squiggly arrow to indicate they are 360.

A follow-up workshop is being planned by the Collie Chamber of Commerce to assist owners to promote their businesses using this free technology.

Image: Tim Gentle (centre) with some of the ‘virtual warriors’ at a recent workshop to learn how to put Collie on the Virtual Map.

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