You can declare yourself mayor of Hervey Bay or Maryborough thanks to a new game from the Australia Bureau of Statistics.
You can declare yourself mayor of Hervey Bay or Maryborough thanks to a new game from the Australia Bureau of Statistics. Contributed

Declare yourself mayor of Fraser Coast in smartphone game

THINK you can run the Fraser Coast?

Thanks to a tongue-in-cheek smart phone game from the Australia Bureau of Statistics, you can.

Run That Town uses data from the 2011 census so users can declare themselves mayor of any town in the country.

Users must balance the make-up of the population, its workforce and its size to decide whether it really is a good idea to build a mega shopping centre, a zoo, a TV station or even a brewery.

But beware - the "infamous local paper" will quickly tell you whether your project was a success.

The virtual Fraser Coast matches up to the real thing eerily well, thanks to its reliance on the real data.

This reporter's decision to build a digital Maryborough Pool, up and running in a virtual month, was met with resounding applause.

Thanks to the more than 90% of Fraser Coast residents who rely on their cars to get to work, updates to the virtual road system sent the mayoral approval rate soaring.

There were some missteps however, when new units for retirees had the digital version of Hervey Bay calling for an early retirement to this writer's short-lived leadership.

Search for Run That Town in the Apple app store or visit runthattown.abs.gov.au to build your own Fraser Coast.



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