New Shire Website Project

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We have started a project to rebuild the Shire's website in a way that better serves the needs of our community.
The project is expected to take around 12-18 months to complete. The Shire is taking a User Experience Design approach to developing the new website, which means our community will be included in a number of activities to shape and test out the new site.

We have started a project to rebuild the Shire's website in a way that better serves the needs of our community.
The project is expected to take around 12-18 months to complete. The Shire is taking a User Experience Design approach to developing the new website, which means our community will be included in a number of activities to shape and test out the new site.

  • Winners announced and next steps

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    Last month we invited the whole community to test out a draft structure of what the Shire's new website may be. We are thrilled to say 148 people took part in these tests. This is a fantastic result, thanks everyone!

    Lucky winners
    All participants went in the draw to win one of four $100 gift vouchers to spend at a local business of their choice. The lucky winners were:

    • Miranda Cook
    • James Burton (pictured)
    • Polly Baptist
    • Melissa Bucat

    Next steps in the project

    • Feedback from these tests has helped us to identify where tweaks need to be made to the sitemap and wireframe.
    • A new iteration will be created and will be tested with community members who have put their hands up to take part in further testing activities.
    • The Shire is preparing to go out to tender for a website developer who will code the new website.
    • We will start the big process of rewriting all content for the new website.

    If you are interested in joining our Shire Website Testing Group, please email Cristina Smith, Digital Marketing Officer via csmith@amrshire.wa.gov.au

    James Burton, one of the lucky winners.

  • Test the new Shire website structure and win $100 voucher

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    The Shire of Augusta Margaret River is asking community members to do two online activities to help shape its new website. Participants will go in the draw to win one of four $100 gift vouchers to spend at a local business of their choice.

    Shire Chief Executive Officer Stephanie Addison-Brown said work was underway in close collaboration with the community to shape a new, more user-friendly Shire website.

    “We have kicked off a project to rebuild the Shire’s website with the goal of making it easier for people to access the information and services they are looking for online,” she said.

    “Thanks to everyone who participated in the testing activities we did in June to identify issues with the current website. We had 124 people taking part, providing very useful data to inform improvements.

    “Since then, we have met with several community members and staff, to gain further insight into what is needed to create a website that’s customer-focussed and easy to use.”

    Ms Addison-Brown encouraged people to take part the new round of online activities which are intended to help test out a new draft website structure before it is fully developed.

    “We are now ready to show you our draft wireframe and sitemap to test out,” she said.

    “The wireframe is a mock-up of how the site might be laid out, remembering this is a very first draft and it’s not how the final stylised design will be. The sitemap structure is the way content is grouped and labelled.

    “By doing these activities, community members will help us find any issues with the proposed new structure so we can make further tweaks before it goes into the coding and design stage.

    “I encourage everyone to have a go! As a way of saying thanks, participants will go in the draw to win one of four local $100 vouchers to spend at a business of their choice.”

    The two activities are:

    • Activity A - Home wireframe testing (5-7 mins)
    • Activity B - Website sitemap testing (6 mins)

    Start the test activities now

    Online testing activities close on Thursday 5 August 2021.

  • New Information Architecture being tested!

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    This week a group of six community members gave feedback on the draft information architecture for our new website. Information Architecture is the way that content on a website is grouped, labelled and given hierarchy. Thank you to everyone who took part! Your insights were really useful. We now have a new draft sitemap for the whole community to test out.

    What's next?

    • We are creating a mock version of the homepage including new navigation that everyone can test at the end of July 2021.
    • The whole community will be invited to do two testing activities, with prizes up for grabs (First Click Testing & Sitemap Testing).
    • We will check out the results and make further tweaks where we see issues.
    • The refined sitemap will be used to develop (code) the site further down the process.

    If you're keen to be part of future testing, send Cristina Smith an email on csmith@amrshire.wa.gov.au

  • Winners from website testing actitivies

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    Congrats to Lauren and Christopher who won the local $100 voucher prizes. Lauren nominated to go for a spa treatment – nice! Christopher wanted to spend it at the Margaret River Venison Farm.

    Thanks to our amazing community for helping test out the Shire’s current website so we can rebuild it in a way that works better for you.

    124 people completed the activities which is brilliant.

  • Testing the current website

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    At the beginning of June we invited all community members to take part in a number of online testing activities to help inform the structure and development of the new website.

    The first set of community activities were designed to help us find issues with the current website, providing baseline data to measure some big improvements against.

    Activity A: Website home page testing (5-7 mins) - we had 124 people complete this task
    Activity B: Website navigation testing (10 mins) - we had 90 people complete this task.

    Two $100 local voucher prizes were up for grabs to encourage participation.

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