Tweed Shire Council’s Director of Technology and Corporate Services Troy Green has launched a new SMS and smart phone service which makes it quick and easy for residents to access the latest information on the condition of local sports grounds.

Tweed Shire Council says it is the first council on the NSW North Coast to provide this service.

“With our busy schedules, it can sometimes be frustrating trying to find out whether our sporting activities are going ahead when there’s wet weather,” Mr Green said.

“The new BounceBack services allows residents to send a quick SMS (Short Message Service) and within seconds they’ll receive a response to find out whether the field is open or closed, or access an answer space on their smart phones.”

President of the Murwillumbah Football Club Jason Dittmar said the new system would make it easier for volunteers to let their members know about field closures sooner.

“We’re one of the largest sports clubs in Murwillumbah and we sometimes run up personal phone bills of hundreds of dollars letting people know the fields are closed – this should save the volunteers money,” Mr Dittmar said.

Each council-owned sports ground with Tweed Shire has a unique code and the information is updated at 9am each week day.

Sports associations have their own systems in place to provide information on a weekend.

Sending an SMS will cost a flat fee of 55 cents. Council has included a smart phone answer space and using this service is free.

This service has been extended to include council events, beach closures, library and pool operating hours, scheduled road works and scheduled water and sewer interruptions. There are plans to extend the system to include further Council services in the near future.

“Residents and ratepayers can still use our website www.tweed.nsw.gov.au to access information or gives us a call on (02) 6670 2400,” Mr Green said.

For further information on how to access the system, go to the council’s website www.tweed.nsw.gov.au and click on ‘SmartPhone/SMS Service’ under ‘What’s new’ or ‘contact us’. SMS users need to obtain the relevant codes from the website and then send an SMS to 199 22767. To install the service on your smart phone enter mydot.mobi/tweedsc