Australian Government announces first Smart Cities and Suburbs Program funding

The Australian Smart Communities Association (ASCA) today applauded the announcement of the first grants under the Australian Government’s Smart Cities and Suburbs Program. ASCA is the peak body representing organisations and individuals spearheading moves to make our communities more liveable, more sustainable and more technologically empowered.

ASCA’s recently appointed CEO, Laurie Patton, sees these grants as indicative of the growing realisation in government circles that smart technologies will positively transform our communities.

“We congratulate the government on this important initiative and express our members’ sincere thanks to Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation Angus Taylor for his support for these projects, each of which will contribute to improving the lives of the people in those communities,” Mr Patton said.

Over the weekend it was announced that Darwin will receive $5 million for a project to install CCTV cameras, smart street lighting and a public Wi-Fi system.

Six projects in Western Australia were announced totalling $6 million:

  • The City of Fremantle - renewable energy generation and storage, rainwater storage and distribution, and an electric vehicle shared ownership trial.
  • The City of Perth - communications precinct around the new Perth Stadium and an irrigation trial in public parks.
  • The City of Joondalup - monitoring system to better manage the Yellagonga Wetlands.
  • University of Western Australia in collaboration with the City of Wanneroo - real-time rail patronage data to improve development of rail station precincts along the Metronet extension.
  • City of Gosnells - real-time data on thermal performance of newly built homes, to encourage the uptake of energy efficiency measures for new housing developments.
  • RAC WA Holdings in collaboration with the City of South Perth - trial of driverless electric shuttles to reduce congestion.

These projects are among 52 across Australia totalling $28.5 million under Round One of the government’s Smart Cities and Suburbs Program. More funding announcements are expected later this week.

“We look forward to working with the Federal Government to ensure that Australia is a global leader in the deployment of smart technologies,” Mr Patton said.

“While there's already a good deal of energy at local government level we'll need Canberra and the states and territories on board if we are to become world class, so we applaud the Federal Government on this project. ASCA is committed to fostering informed debate and greater collaboration across all sectors involved in this exciting area of social policy.”