Joint Media Release with Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure And Population The Hon Alan Tudge MP and Country Liberals Candidate for Lingiari Jacinta Nampijinpa Price
Alice Springs Town Council has received $534,534 to trial solar powered ‘Smart Trees’ to be placed in three local parks.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion and CLP Candidate for Lingiari, Jacinta Nampijinpa Price announced the funding for Alice Springs Town Council as one of the successful projects under Round Two of the Coalition Government’s smart cities and suburbs program.
“These trees will do much more than your typical tree in a park, providing not only shade but free WiFi for Alice Springs residents. These ‘Smart Trees’ will also use smart sensor technology to notify Council when the grass needs mowing and when the bins need to be emptied resulting in more efficient operations,” Senator Scullion said.
“While Michael Gunner and Territory Labor continue to lurch from one disaster of its own making to another, the CLP is getting on with the job of delivering better services for Centralians.”
Ms Price said the smart trees, in addition to providing shade, will serve a range of functions through technology incorporated into their ‘tree trunks’.
They will be self-powered by solar panels and equipped with:
– lights triggered by sensors;
– CCTV cameras;
– sensors to detect when grass needs mowing;
– sensors for monitoring air quality;
– soil humidity sensors which trigger irrigation systems; and
– sensors to detect when bins become full and need emptying.
“Smart trees will collect information on park usage trends. The intention is that smart trees will increase the amenity, utility and safety of the parks, reducing maintenance costs, improving water efficiency and providing environmental benefits.
“The integrated CCTV and security lighting will also allow for extended usage of the park facilities after dark. Information collected through the smart trees will be made available on the Alice Springs Town Council website, increasing community awareness on issues such as water and energy consumption, and helping to inform better park management policies,” Ms Price said.
Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population Alan Tudge said many of the projects will collect valuable, sensor based data that, once analysed, could mean sharing the projects nationally, and internationally.
“This program helps local governments who are pushing the boundaries with new ideas to address livability issues that are facing local communities everywhere,” Mr Tudge said.
“The program encourages collaboration between local governments, industry, research organisations, tech start-ups and manufacturers in cities and towns across Australia. These partnerships in turn support the growth of emerging industries and help build smart city capability at the local level.
Senator Scullion said “I congratulate the Alice Springs Town Council on behalf of the Morrison government. This funding ensures that Smart Solar Trees project goes ahead. Our cities and suburbs need to be smarter in order for our communities to be simpler, safer and more sanitary.”
“It is imperative that all governments continue to work together to undertake the smarter planning that will lead to the development of smarter cities. The Smart Cities and Suburbs Program delivers one of the Government’s 2016 election commitments.” Senator Scullion said
“We look forward to monitoring and supporting the development of the Smart Solar Trees in the coming months.”
For more information visit https://infrastructure.gov.au/cities/smart-cities