Newcastle’s four-year smart city plan unveiled / by Kian West

Last week the IoT Hub published this article about the 4 Year Smart City plan that Newcastle has unveiled...

The NSW city of Newcastle has adopted a smart city strategy, describing it as a roadmap for creating a smarter and more innovative Newcastle and Hunter Region to maximise opportunities in technology, advanced manufacturing, the digital economy and the creative industries.

The Newcastle City Council Smart City Strategy 2017-2021 was formerly adopted by the City of Newcastle Council in August following a consultation process that included the release of a draft strategy in May. It produced more than 70 submissions, the overwhelming majority of which were positive, according to the council.

The council says the strategy will leverage the smart city movement to improve livability, sustainability, and economic diversity, develop local innovation, build an international profile and attract talent and inward investment to Newcastle. It will also “help ensure our future city has effective and integrated public transport, nurtures a creative and vibrant community and features best-practice energy and water efficiency.”

The council’s smart city coordinator Nathaniel Bavinton said the four-year strategy was one element of the broader Newcastle 2030 Community Strategic Plan that aims to create a smart, livable and sustainable city.

“[The smart city plan] outlines the key priorities and actions to be delivered by Council in its commitment to leading Newcastle’s transition to a smart and innovative city,” Bavinton said.

“Like the long-term strategy, the smart city strategy draws on input from – and the cooperation of – all levels of government, the community, educational and research providers and business and industry sectors.”