Over $900,000 for Lake Macquarie City Council Smart City Project

Manly Beach in the Autumn sun

Liberal Senator for New South Wales, Arthur Sinodinos welcomed the announcement that the Coalition Government has announced successful projects under Round Two of the smart cities and suburbs program. The Lake Macquarie City Council has received $910,185 for their Smart Beaches Project.

The Smart Beaches project combines smart infrastructure technologies with data analytics and machine learning to generate new real time and forecasted insights into beach conditions and visitation.

The project aims to improve current beach safety services.

Mayor of Lake Macquarie, Cr Kay Fraser, said the world-first technology would be developed and trialled over the next 12 months, with the hope to roll it out at the end of the 18-month project.

“Our local government area includes 32km of spectacular coast and four patrolled beaches, which collectively attract more than 1.4 million people a year,” Cr Fraser said.

Cr Fraser said “Advances in technology means there are now opportunities to provide more detailed, timely and readily available information about local beach conditions. These new tools will help address that issue, providing an even better experience for all beach users.”

Senator Sinodinos said “I congratulate the Lake Macquarie City Council on behalf of the Morrison Government. This funding ensures that Smart Beaches goes ahead. Our cities and suburbs need to be smarter in order for our communities to be safer, more liveable and enjoyable.”

“It is imperative that all governments continue to work together to undertake the smarter planning that will lead to the development of smarter cities. The Smart Cities and Suburbs Program delivers one of the Government’s 2016 election commitments.” Senator Sinodinos said.

Senator Sinodinos said “We look forward to monitoring and supporting the development of the Smart Beaches Project in the coming months.”

Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population Alan Tudge said many of the projects will collect valuable, sensor based data that, once analysed, could mean sharing the projects nationally, and internationally.

“This program helps local governments who are pushing the boundaries with new ideas to address livability issues that are facing local communities everywhere,” Minister Tudge said.

“The program encourages collaboration between local governments, industry, research organisations, tech start-ups and manufacturers in cities and towns across Australia. These partnerships in turn support the growth of emerging industries and help build smart city capability at the local level.”

For more information visit infrastructure.gov.au/cities/smart-cities.