Now open: Round 2 Smart Cities and Suburbs Program
Councils are encouraged to apply for for Round Two of the Government’s Smart Cities and Suburbs Program, which commits $22 million to support local governments to solve local problems.
Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP said the funding provided an opportunity to deliver unique solutions,
“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 percent of successful projects from Round One located in regional areas.”
Round 1 of the Program saw 8 programs delivered across Queensland including digital permits for disability parking in Rockhampton and the installation of an automated traffic management system on the Fraser Coast.
Some changes to the Program Guidelines for Round Two have been made based on stakeholder feedback and learnings from Round One. These changes include:
requirement for local government bodies to be lead applicants
an increase of the minimum grant amount to $250,000, with a co-contribution of at least 50 percent of the total project costs
streamlining the guidelines related to innovation to ensure that projects go beyond business as usual and provide smart technology solutions to community challenges.
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