Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Turnbull Government commits $22 million to improve liveability in our cities and regions

Media Release

PF040/2018

02 May 2018

New ideas to make our suburbs and towns better places to live could become reality with the Turnbull Government committing $22 million to support local governments to solve local problems.

Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities Paul Fletcher today announced applications are now open for Round Two of the Turnbull Government's Smart Cities and Suburbs Program.

“Round One of this program is making a big impact, with 49 projects funded across a wide range of technologies and applications—such as trialling a driverless electric shuttle in Perth to help reduce congestion,” Mr Fletcher said.

“Today we're kicking off Round Two—with $22 million of funding available to support innovative smart technology solutions to improve liveability in our cities and regional centres.

“The Turnbull Government is committed to building better cities, and local governments are encouraged to make submissions that deliver innovative, technology-based approaches to improve the liveability and increase the productivity and sustainability of Australia's cities, suburbs and towns.

“Funding is open to all cities, not just our capitals, with 40 per cent of successful projects from Round One located in regional areas.”

The Smart Cities and Suburbs Program will allocate a total of $50 million across Rounds One and Two.

Projects funded under Round One include:

  • Using satellite surface temperature data to enable pedestrians and cyclists in Bendigo to map cooler routes on hot days.
  • Using wifi temperature loggers and infrared drone images to collect data on the effect of roof colour on home temperature and display the data in new housing estates in outer Perth.
  • Invest in CCTV, wifi, bin sensors, electric car charging systems, renewable energy generation and LED public lighting to help digitally transform the South Australian town of Kapunda while using data analytics to help market and promote the town.

Applications will be open until 2 July. For more information on the Smart Cities and Suburbs Program please visit https://cities.infrastructure.gov.au/smart-cities-program.