The Smart Cities and Suburbs Program was announced by the Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation, the Hon Angus Taylor MP, on 18 August this year. Several roundtables with local government representatives have just been completed, and the next stage is local governments submitting a short pitch for their project idea – which makes the story very timely.
According to the minister, 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. Perhaps the most valuable projects will be transformative collaborations between multiple councils and technology industry partners that link closely with future plans for the area.
Interestingly, several other countries are introducing Smart Cities programs. Our partner in the USA, ICMA, recently conducted a survey gauging local government priorities and activities regarding Smart Cities.