Macdonald Welcomes Cities Agenda to the North

The Australian Government is encouraging regional and metropolitan urban centres to develop technology solutions to improve suburbs and cities, and has announced a series of stakeholder roundtables in September this year to kick-start the $50 million Smart Cities and Suburbs Program.

A key election commitment of the Turnbull Government, the Smart Cities and Suburbs Program will support urban centres across Australia to fast-track open data and innovative technology solutions to fix local problems.

Townsville-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald is encouraging regional cities in the north to participate in the Program to assist them in transitioning to more technology-focused operational models.

 “The Smart Cities and Suburbs Program will foster creative innovation and collaboration that works towards solutions to issues facing local communities,” he said.

 Senator Macdonald has identified the Smart Cities and Suburbs Program as a key driver for future technological development that will add new dimensions to the government’s Northern Australian development agenda.

 “I can see great potential for innovative infrastructure, and urban and social solutions being driven by civic leaders and businesses across Cairns, Mount Isa, Townsville and Mackay as key centres for Northern development.

 “The roundtables being conducted in September will inform the eventual program guidelines and will help the government to establish thresholds for participation in the program – such as population density.

“I look forward to seeing the creative solutions that come from the best minds in the north.”

Stakeholder roundtables will be held in a number of major cities during September 2016. Following that, regional and metropolitan city representatives and industry partners are invited to submit their proposals via the smart cities website.

For the latest information on the Program, and to register your interest in attending a roundtable, go

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