How-To Guides

Create / Edit Points of Interest

The Points of Interest object allows for the display of location based entities on a map on your Unity website and in the My Local Services app. The benefits of using the Points of Interest object include:

  • A structured format for entering location based data.
  • An interactive map for users of your Unity 6 website.
  • Inclusion in the My Local Services app - Near Me screen.

Points of Interest can be created under the following categories:

Boat Ramp - Camping ground - Caravan Park - Church - Community Centre - Council Office - Council venue - Event - Hospital / Medical Centre - Information Centre - Library - Monument - Museum - National Park - Park - Post Box - Shopping precinct - Sporting Facility - Swimming Pool - Toilet - Tourist Attraction - Town Hall - Walking Trail - Waste Transfer Station


Creating Points of Interest


From the Content menu go > Council Data and select Points Of Interest.

The Points of Interest window will open, Select New Point Of Interest:

New Point of Interest Link


The New Content Point Of Interest window will display.

There are six tabs across the top where you can enter information about your point of interest. Not all fields are mandatory, just fill in the informaton you want displayed.

Details Tab

  • Title: Enter a title for your point of interest. Try to keep your title short but descriptive about what it is.
  • Accessibility: You can display information about accessibility. I.E. Wheelchair access. This field is optional.
  • Contact 1: This section allows you to display contact details regarding the Point of Interest. You can enter a phone number and/or email address. This section is optional.
  • Contact 2: You can have a second set of contact details if required. This section is optional.
  • Nearest Bus Stop: This field allows you to display information about public transport to the point of interest. This is a free text field and is optional.
  • Parking: Here you can enter information about nearby parking. This is a free text field and is optional.
  • Facebook URL: If the point of interest has a related Facebook page, you can enter the url of the Facebook page here.
  • Twitter URL: If the point of interest has a related Twitter account, you can enter the url of the Twitter page here.


Location Tab

Use this tab to provide details about the location of your Point of Interest.

Fill in the Address section fields to display an address on your point of interest. This section is optional.

Place a marker on the map to set the location of your Point of Interest. Setting a map marker is mandatory and is required for the Map Search and the My Local Services app. 

Location Map

To place a marker you have two options:

  1. Left click on the map to drop a marker. You can position the map by clicking and dragging, use the + and - buttons to zoom in and out.
  2. The other way to drop a marker is to search for an address in the Search for address or lat/long field. Just type in an address and click the Go button. If an address match is found it will place a marker at that location.

Verify the marker is in the correct position before proceeding. If you make a mistake, click Clear Map to remove the marker and try again


Hours Tab

Use this section to provide the opening hours of your point of interest, if applicable. This section is optional.

  • Click on the clock icon to select an opening and closing time for each day of the week, or tick the box to say closed.
  • There are also 2 fields at the bottom to enter notes about Public Holidays and Special Closures.

Opening Hours


Links Tab

Use this section to include related links. These can be links to other web pages or websites related to your point of interest. This section is optional.

Too add a new link, type in a heading into the Alternate Label field, and copy/paste a website URL into the URL field. Ensure you enter the complete URL including 'http://'. Then click the Add Link button to add it to the list. See Below:

Related Links

You can add multiple links. To rearrange the links click the Reorder Link button, then drag and drop them into position.


Further Info Tab

The Further Info tab is where you enter the main content of your point of interest. Using the WYSIWYG editor you can enter text images and files.

  • Click the Edit Article button to open the wysiwyg editor.
For help editing HTML Articles see Unity™ Wysiwyg Editor


Admin Tab

  • Select a Category from the drop-down list. The categories are fixed and are important for grouping in the My Local Services app.
  • Search Priority allows you to control how likely your event will appear in the search results of your website.
  • Send To Metabase: Selecting Yes will include your Point of Interest in the My Local Services app.

By leaving the dates as the default (see image below) your event will be active (live) after submitting and deploying the website, but you can manually control when your Point of Interest becomes active and when it expires if you wish. 

Content Dates Section

To make your Point of Interest become active at a future date/time first change Active to No, then enter a future Active Date.

To make your Point of Interest expire enter an Expiry Date. Then on the expiry date it will be removed from the website, but still accessible in Unity

If you require a reminder email to update your Point of Interest, you can enter a Date To Update. 

To receive regular reminders enter a number in the Update Frequency field: i.e. every 30 days.


Saving your Point of Interest

When you have finished inputting all relevant and required information for the Point of Interest, Select Save / Submit.

If approvals are enabled the Approved Content Event window will open.

  • Comment Tab: enter a comment to your Approval Officer/Manager advising of the changes you have made to the Point of Interest.
  • Notification tab: Scroll down till you find an Approver’s name and tick the box alongside their name.
  • Scroll down and select Save.
  • If Approvals are enabled, the selected Approval Officer will receive an automated email message advising them to Approve the Event.

After creating any content in unity, the final step is to Deploy.





Editing Points of Interest


From the Content menu go > Council Data and select Points Of Interest.

Here you will see a list of all the Points of Interest.
To edit an existing Point of Interest click the Edit button. See above 'Creating Points of Interest' for more information.

If you have a large number of Points of Interest, use the following tools to find what you are looking for:

  • Search Point of Interest: Type keywords into the search box and press enter on your keyboard to complete the search.
  • Filter Points of Interest: Click the Plus button and select parameters from the drop-down boxes, then click Apply.
  • Remember Search / Filters: Tick the Lock Filter box. Your search results and filters will be remembered until you un-tick the Lock Filter box. 
My Local Services App


Points of Interest are automatically added to the My Local Services app. After you create a point of interest the data is sent to the state wide database. You can expect to see new Points of Interest appear in the app about 10 minutes after deploying them.


Points of Interest display in a number of different areas of the My Local Services App, these areas include:


The Near Me screen:

Near Me Screen

The Near Me screen shows all Points of Interest and allows the user to select filters to find what they are looking for.


The My Council Screen:

My Council Screen

The My Council screen will list Council offices relevent to the users set address. They will list in order of nearest distance to the users current location.


The Waste screen:

Waste Screen

The Waste screen will list waste transfer stations from all councils, in order of nearest distance to the users current location.