Northern based Federal Government Senator Ian Macdonald has written to North Queensland Mayors, encouraging them to apply for funding under the latest round of the Smart Cities and Suburbs Program.
Senator Macdonald said $22 million is available to help improve liveability in cities and regions across Australia.
“I want to ensure that North Queensland attracts its fair share of funding in Round Two of this important program,” Senator Macdonald said.
“The Federal Government is committed to building better cities and regional town centres and I’m encouraging local governments to make submissions that deliver innovative, technology-based approaches to increase productivity and sustainability.
“Funding is open to all cities, not just our capitals, with 40 per cent of successful projects from Round One located in regional areas.
“I would hope Mayors right across Queensland take advantage of this program.”
Round One of the program saw 49 projects funded across a wide range of technologies and applications, including trialling a driverless electric shuttle to help reduce congestion.
The Smart Cities and Suburbs Program will allocate a total of $50 million across Rounds One and Two.
Applications will be open until 2 July. For more information on the Smart Cities and Suburbs Program please visit https://cities.infrastructure.gov.au/smart-cities-program