Smart Cities and Suburbs Program – Round 1 funded bids
"The Smart Cities and Suburbs Program wants to support clever ideas that address local issues..."
The Smart Cities and Suburbs Program this week announced the round one recipients of funding, a total amount of $28.5 million, topped up with another $12 million from local governments, industry, research organisations, and the private sector.
What was funded?
All up there were 176 applicants for round one funding, of which 52 were successful, and were announced by the Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation, Hon Angus Taylor MP.
“The Smart Cities and Suburbs Program wants to support clever ideas that address local issues, and ideas that can be replicated elsewhere, particularly in the outer suburbs of our cities and the regions.
“The Australian Government is also keen to support greater sharing of data to improve the way our cities work,” said the Assistant Minister.
Projects vary, tackling environmental impact, tourism, development, community services, solar energy, and of course transport. Among the projects awarded funding directly related to transport are the following:
- Smart Active Transport, Liverpool
- Smart Mobility, City of Sydney
- Smart Move Newcastle: Intelligent Mobility, Energy and Data Networks
- Smart parking, Central Coast
- Smart Transport, Macquarie Park
- Smart Transport, Randwick
- Smart Active Transport – Urban Heat Maps for Bendigo
- Smart Transport and Precinct Planning, Melton
- Automated Vehicle Trial, Perth
- RailSmart Planning, Wanneroo
- Smart Active Transport, Port Adelaide
- Automated Traffic Management, Fraser Coast
- Smart Parking, North Lakes
For a full list of the 52 successful project bids, visit the Australian Government Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet’s Smart Cities and Suburbs Program page.
Smart Move Newcastle
The biggest slice of funding in round one will go to Newcastle, for its Smart Move Newcastle: Intelligent Mobility, Energy, and Data Networks project. The Smart Cities and Suburbs Program has committed $4,983,680, along with $10,008,926 from co-contributors, for a total of almost $15 million.
Coming up soon for Newcastle will be autonomous vehicle trials, an electric bike share network powered by renewables, on-demand buses, apps and data dashboards.
This money will go some way toward funding the Newcastle City Council Smart City Strategy 2017-21.