Joint Media Release with Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation, Angus Taylor
The Coalition Government is encouraging Northern Territory communities to incubate clever technology projects to prepare for a digital future. Councils in the Territory are invited to register for the Future Ready series of “webinars” and masterclasses on building technology know-how.
Future Ready has been welcomed by Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion.
“I encourage local governments across the NT to register for Future Ready and get involved in the smart cities transformation,” Senator Scullion said.
Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation, Angus Taylor, said Future Ready complemented the Coalition Government’s $50 million Smart Cities and Suburbs Programme.
“Future Ready is designed to help councils and their communities create valuable connections with industry leaders, experts and service providers to accelerate local technology plans and projects,” Assistant Minister Taylor said.
A wide range of projects is expected to be developed, from app-based detection of infrastructure wear and tear, to traffic sensors, smart street lighting, and computer-generated programmes that support local services.
Assistant Minister Taylor said Future Ready was a break from the traditional grants type of programme.
“It’s a stepping stone toward the soon-to-be-launched Smart Cities and Suburbs Programme and it will nurture ideas at a local level, ahead of federal funding for the best technology projects.”
Future Ready events will run between May and September 2017 with collaborative activities and project incubation continuing beyond the formal programme. Registrations are now open.
To find out more, visit https://cities.dpmc.gov.au/future-ready