$1 million in funding for Smart City projects in Western Sydney

Monday, 10 December 2018

The Liberal-National Government has announced successful projects under Round Two of the Smart Cities and Suburbs program.

Parramatta City Council received $571,000 in funding for the Melrose Park: Smart Planning for Climate Responsive Neighborhoods which will see smart sensors located in Melrose Park that will collect data about air quality, heat, humidity, noise and storm water outflow.

Cumberland City Council received $523,000 in funding for the Granville Smart Precinct Pilot Project Smart Technology to address traffic congestion and community safety and will the installation of smart lights to reduce energy and sensors attached to bins to notify when bins are full.

Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population the Hon Alan Tudge MP said many of the projects will collect valuable, sensor based data that, once analysed, could mean sharing the projects nationally, and internationally.

 “This program helps local governments who are pushing the boundaries with new ideas to address liveability issues that are facing local communities everywhere,” Mr Tudge said.

“The program encourages collaboration between local governments, industry, research organisations, tech start-ups and manufacturers in cities and towns across Australia. These partnerships in turn support the growth of emerging industries and help build smart city capability at the local level.”

 Liberal Senator for Western Sydney, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, said the Smart Citites and Suburbs project was a win for western Sydney.

 “Enhancing liveability is at the heart of the Liberal-National Government’s Smart Citites and Suburbs program. With proper planning and cooperation with all levels of government, we are delivering good outcomes for western Sydney,” Senator Payne said.

 “This funding boost is an exciting opportunity for the City of Parramatta and Cumberland Council to help build their capability in delivering cutting-edge data-led urban planning.

“Having worked across western Sydney for over twenty years, I know that our region has always been an exicting place to live and work, and with these types of projects in the pipeline, I am confident that the future of our region is bright.”

Lord Mayor of the City of Parramatta Council welcomed the funding boost.

 "The City of Parramatta is thrilled to be successful in receiving a Federal Government Smart Cities and Suburbs Grant to use on the Melrose Park development,” Lord Mayor Cr Andrew Wilson said.

“We look forward to working with our project partners – the University of Technology Sydney, PAYCE, ESRI and Urban Institute – to use smart technology to manage the impacts of developing up to 6,000 units on 30 hectares, while optimising microclimates in this neighbourhood. Council’s Smart City Advisory Committee’s Chair Councillor Steven Issa, said:

“This work has the potential to benefit not only the residents of our City, but residents across the country, through local councils and progressive developers.”

Mayor of Cumberland Council, Councillor Greg Cummings, said the funding would help inform future precinct development.

“Cumberland Council is delighted its Granville Smart Precinct Pilot Project has received $523,000 in funding through the Smart Cities and Suburbs Program,” Mayor Greg Cummings said.

“The Granville Smart Precinct Pilot Project will use technology to address challenges associated with increased population growth in the area, such as traffic congestion, community safety and waste management.

 “This project will not only revitalise one precinct, but also help create a set of principles and guidelines for good smart precinct development that will assist with making the work replicable in future.”

For more information visit https://infrastructure.gov.au/cities/smart-cities



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