Councils encouraged to innovate with smart funding

Councils and eligible groups across the North are being encouraged to apply for up to $5million in funding to support smart tech projects for local communities.

Northern based Senator Ian Macdonald said applications were now open for the Federal Government’s $50million Smart Cities and Suburbs Program.

“This is a great opportunity for regional areas across the north to invest in innovative technology that will provide smart solutions to local problems,” Senator Macdonald said. 

Senator Macdonald said the Federal Government was co-investing in projects that applied smart technology, data-driven decision making and people-focused design.

“I encourage eligible applicants in the north and west of our State to put forward technology proposals that help solve local issues, and which have the potential to be scaled up and delivered nationwide,” Senator Macdonald said.

A wide range of projects are expected to be developed, such as app-based detection of infrastructure wear and tear, traffic sensors, smart street lighting, or computer-generated programs that support local services.

Eligible organisations including councils, private companies, not for profits and research organisations can apply for grants of between $100,000 and $5million to fund up to 50 per cent of eligible project costs.

Applications close on 30 June, 2017. For more information and to download a copy of the Smart Cities and Suburbs Program guidelines visit

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