Friday, 11 May 2018 11:12

Government grants program offers funds for smart cities projects

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The Federal Government has opened submissions for funding of round 2 of the Smart Cities and Suburbs Program, offering grants between $250,000 and $5 million for collaborative projects which apply innovative technology solutions to urban challenges, delivering economic, social and environmental benefits.

The government has an exhibition stand at the Australian Smart Communities Association Conference in Melbourne, and ASCA says is it will continue to work with the Government to support the delivery of “innovative smart city projects which make our communities more liveable, sustainable and technologically empowered”.

“This is a great opportunity for delegates to learn more about the application process and how to submit funding applications,” the ASCA's Brook Dixon said.

“Last year, 49 projects received a total of $27.7 million in Australian Government funding across all states and territories – about one third of the recipients were ASCA members who are at the forefront of creating smart communities.

“We encourage our members to take advantage of this second round of funding to grow Australia’s smart cities capability and deliver smart city solutions to advance community goals and address the needs of our residents.”

Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities Paul Fletcher said funding was open to all cities, with 40% of successful projects from Round One located in regional areas.

ASCA will also represent its members on the Cities Reference Group, established to provide innovative, expert advice to support delivery of the government's Smart Cities Plan.

“Our close working relationship with the Australian Government ensures that ASCA continues to advocate on behalf of our members and partners while fostering greater collaboration across all sectors in this exciting field of smart city innovation,” Dixon said.

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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