Smart Cities and Suburbs Program
The Australian Government is establishing a $50 million competitive Smart Cities and Suburbs Program. The Program will support local governments to fast-track innovative technology solutions that improve long-standing urban problems.
The Program seeks to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of urban service delivery, infrastructure and planning to improve the liveability of cities and their suburbs.
The Australian Government expects a wide variety of cutting-edge projects will be supported under the Program, such as collaborative design of solutions to complex urban problems, pilots of emerging technologies, the implementation of technologies at scale, and business case development. The most valuable projects will be transformative collaborations between multiple councils and technology industry partners that link closely with future plans for the area.
Over the last month, the Government has been working with representatives from state, territory and local governments, technology companies and research organisations to develop the detailed design of the Program. Roundtables around Australia are introducing the Smart Cities and Suburbs Program and encouraging input on how the Program can be designed to best meet local government and community needs.
A roundtable will be held in Darwin on 12 October from 1:30pm to 4pm
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