Helping local communities incubate bright ideas

Release Date: 
10 March 2017
Media release

The Commonwealth Government is helping local councils and communities incubate clever technology projects to prepare for a digital future.

Councils are invited to register for the Future Ready series of webinars and masterclasses on building smart cities know-how.

Launching the series in Brisbane on Friday, Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation Angus Taylor said Future Ready complemented the Australian Government’s $50 million Smart Cities and Suburbs Program.

“Future Ready is designed to help councils and their communities create valuable connections with industry leaders, experts and service providers to accelerate smart city plans and projects,” Assistant Minister Taylor 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.

Assistant Minister Taylor said Future Ready was a break from the traditional grants program.

“It’s a stepping stone toward the soon to be launched Smart Cities and Suburbs Program, and it will nurture ideas at a local level, ahead of Federal funding for the best technology projects.”

Future Ready has been welcomed by local government.

“At Logan City Council, we have acknowledged we must think differently in the digital economy - changing processes, taking risks and learning from the private sector. We are looking forward to sharing what Logan is doing in the smart cities space for the Future Ready series and using innovative technology to better manage our city,” said Logan City Mayor Luke Smith.

Future Ready events will run between May and September 2017 with collaborative activities and project incubation continuing beyond the formal program. Registrations open from today.

To find out more, visit https://cities.dpmc.gov.au/future-ready