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ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR CITIES AND DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION THE HON. ANGUS TAYLOR MP

MEDIA RELEASE

10 March 2017

Helping local communities incubate bright ideas

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

Media contact: Sarah Bucknell 0448 111 669

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An initiative under the Australian Government’s Smart Cities and Suburbs Program.

The best way to predict the future

is to create it

Future Ready will help local governments and their communities prepare for smart city transformations through learning, collaboration and ideas incubation.

WHAT TO EXPECT

LEARN from Australian and international smart city experts, industry leaders and leading local governments. Build your understanding of smart cities and develop the know-how to advance strategies, plans and projects with the community and partners.

COLLABORATE with peers, researchers, service and technology providers, community leaders, social enterprises, start-ups and innovators. Tap into Australia’s rapidly growing smart cities innovation ecosystem.

CREATE your smart city vision. Test ideas with your community to find creative solutions to urban challenges. Incubate innovative projects and build new partnerships.

WHO IT’S FOR

THE GOAL

Future Ready has been developed for local government leaders with a range of events open to all comers including organisations developing proposals for the Smart Cities and Suburbs Program.

HOW IT WORKS Choose your smart city learning pathway

Future Ready events will nurture collaboration, incubate ideas and build participants’ smart cities strategic planning and project design and delivery capabilities.

− Intensive masterclasses will build smart city leadership.

− Collaboration workshops and webinars will target common urban issues (e.g. mobility, congestion, public safety, waste management, green infrastructure) and real design challenges.

− An online marketplace will provide opportunities for sharing, collaboration and partnership.

− A smart cities project exchange will allow sharing of lessons and ideas.

It’s designed to be flexible—you choose which activities to participate in based on your organisational and community needs.

Events will run between May and September 2017 with collaborative activities and project incubation continuing beyond the formal program.

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Visit cities.dpmc.gov.au or email the Cities Division Future Ready Team cities@pmc.gov.au

Please note participation fees will apply to some Future Ready activities.

As part of the 2016 election campaign the Australian Government announced a $50 million competitive Smart Cities and Suburbs Program to support projects that apply innovative technology-based solutions to urban challenges. The program encourages collaborative smart city projects that improve the liveability, productivity and sustainability of Australian cities, suburbs and towns.

Future Ready complements the program by supporting local governments and their communities to collaborate with industry to formulate smart city ideas and projects.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

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