Gee­long to play it smart with tech­nol­ogy

Geelong Advertiser - - NEWS - HAR­RI­SON TIPPET

A FED­ERAL Govern­ment grant is set to switch on Gee­long.

The city will use a $415,000 tech­nol­ogy grant from the Aus­tralian Govern­ment’s Smart Cities and Sub­urbs Pro­gram to in­stall ‘smart street fur­ni­ture’ to help fur­ther mod­ernise the re­gional cen­tre.

The City of Greater Gee­long and pri­vate busi­nesses will part­ner with the Govern­ment to in­stall free high-speed Wi-Fi across the city, LED street lights to help re­duce street crime, smart park­ing sen­sors to in­di­cate park­ing avail­abil­ity, air and wa­ter qual­ity sen­sors and more.

Co­rangamite fed­eral Lib­eral MP Sarah Hen­der­son said the project would drive in­no­va­tion in Gee­long and set the city up for “a dig­i­tal fu­ture’’.

“The Cre­at­ing a Clever and Cre­ative City Re­gion project fur­ther en­trenches Gee­long at the fore­front of in­no­va­tive tech­nol­ogy and adds to our re­gion’s grow­ing ad­vanced man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­try and lead­ing car­bon tech­nol­ogy re­search,” Ms Hen­der­son said.

“One of the im­por­tant ca­pa­bil­i­ties of this tech­nol­ogy is that it al­lows col­lec­tion of real-time data on what’s go­ing on around the city, which will give lo­cal plan­ners a great head­start,” she said.

As­sis­tant Min­is­ter for Cities and Dig­i­tal Trans­for­ma­tion An­gus Tay­lor said the grant would in­tro­duce a range of new tech­nolo­gies to Gee­long.

“Smart street fur­ni­ture will lit­er­ally ‘switch on’ the city, mean­ing res­i­dents and vis­i­tors can eas­ily plug in to a range of tech­nolo­gies — charg­ing your elec­tric car, dig­i­tal sig­nage to as­sist the all im­por­tant tourism sec­tor, street lights with sen­sors that re­act to anti-so­cial be­haviour,” Mr Tay­lor said.

The City of Greater Gee­long and pri­vate part­ners also con­trib­uted $518,000.

“The Gee­long re­gion has a proud his­tory of in­no­va­tion, cre­ativ­ity, and smart tech­nol­ogy — as recog­nised by Gee­long’s re­cent in­duc­tion into the UNESCO Cre­ative Cities Net­work,” City of Greater Gee­long chief ex­ec­u­tive Kelvin Spiller said. “So we’re de­lighted to be part of this very worth­while project.’’

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