1. What’s new on the website?
The new website has a whole range of new features, including:
- Many ways to easily find information
- Interactive map to find:
- your verge and bin days
- dog exercise areas
- projects in your area
- playgrounds and facilities
- Council buildings and facilities
- And more
- Ability to search and locate events in your area
- Find a venue or facility to hire
- Pay, register and apply online
- See what major projects are in progress or coming up in your area
- Mobile friendly
- Accessible content for all ages, abilities and disabilities
- Full accessibility for people who are blind or have low vision and use screen readers and other assistive technologies
- All links and other user interaction are fully
2. What does the WCAG 2.0 AA compliant rating mean?
new website will be one of the first local government websites in Australia to
achieve a Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 ‘AA’ rating, which
means the content can be easily accessed by all people, whatever their age,
ability or disability.
This is critical for the inclusion of people who have traditionally been marginalised in our digital society as it enables them to fulfil their information needs independently. This improves the experience for all citizens in their dealings with the City.
· Accessible content for all ages, abilities and disabilities
o Full accessibility for people who are blind or have low vision and use screen readers and other assistive technologies
o All links and other user interaction are fully accessible with keyboard only use, ensuring those unable to use a mouse are not disadvantaged
o People who use voice-activation technology, such as Siri or Dragon Naturally Speaking, can access the full website using that software
o Mobile-friendly while maintaining functionality to work with popular web browsers and mobile technology devices and platforms
o Based on Google Maps, the websites’ maps have been significantly improved to allow greater contrast through turning on the ‘accessibility’ feature and a voice service reads the map information
o These maps have a textual capability which allows users of screen-readers and those unable to use a mouse, to interact with the maps to provide an alternative to the visual content
o All menus can be opened and closed without the use of a pointer-specific device such as a mouse
o All colours have been tested to ensure they meet the WCAG 2.0 Level AA colour contrast requirements
o All links have been provided with unique and understandable text rather than relying on the HTML URL’s.
3. Will there be any further new features added to the website?
Yes. After the launch of the new website, we will start looking at additional features to add to the website which will further improve your experience and dealings with the City of Cockburn.
4. How long did this website take to create?
We started the website late 2015.
5. When did the City first establish a web presence?
March 1999, we became one of the very first local governments to have a website,
in particular, one that was kept up to date.