MEDIA RELEASE: Opposition’s proposed City Partnerships hits spot, with national urban policy embracing convergence of sustainability and smart technology

A proposed refresh of the Opposition’s National Urban Policy to acknowledge the role of technology and data could make the difference between Australia building good cities or great cities, says the peak body representing the smart cities movement in Australia.

Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand (SCCANZ) welcomed the Opposition’s commitment today to introduce a City Partnerships program, tied to a refreshed National Urban Policy, under the stewardship of a renewed Major Cities Unit within Infrastructure Australia.

“This announcement today recognises the critical role that smart technology can play in the ongoing productivity, sustainability and liveability of our communities,” Mr Beck said.

“Acknowledging the connection between comprehensive urban policy, infrastructure investment and sustainability is key to Australia’s future productivity, and then by embracing technology and data to further ignite these outcomes is an exciting proposition.”

“SCCANZ members are providing the critical advice, solutions and infrastructure to digitally enable Australia’s economy, and its communities, and they continue to create technology and data solutions that accelerate liveability, workability and sustainability outcomes in Australia.”

“SCCANZ welcomes the continued bi-partisan support of a cities agenda in Australia and today’s announcement by the Opposition presents a significant opportunity to ensure our cities are future ready.”

“In a paper released by SCCANZ in late 2017 we advocated for a City Deals framework that catalyses smart cities investment, and today’s announcement helps realise that approach,” Mr Beck added.

“We look forward to continuing our advocacy work on promoting Australia’s investment in smart cities solutions so that it remains a global leader in liveability and innovation.”

The speech delivered by the Hon Anthony Albanese MP can be found at http://anthonyalbanese.com.au/speech-to-the-sydney-institute-partnering-with-our-cities-wednesday-11-july-2018