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Covering more councils
In addition to this page, see our How to write a scraper guide.
To find councils to write scrapers for check what we already cover and what's potentially broken. We also have a list of all Australian councils you can check and a list of the most wanted PlanningAlerts scrapers.
Common planning systems
The following systems are used by a number of councils around Australia. This means it can be easy to scrape them, just copy someone else's ScraperWiki scraper and make a few minor changes.
- Infomaster is a very common system, if you find a council using it just fork the Randwick scraper on ScraperWiki. It's likely you'll only need small customisations. Scraper wiki tag
ICON Software's PlanningXChange/XC Track system often has an RSS feed, even if they don't advertise it. Check the Parramatta scraper for an example. I think you just put
o=rssin the query string and it outputs RSS. Scraper wiki tag
- ePathway is another common system. There's a ScraperWiki example and a custom scraper too. Scraper wiki tag