Joint Media Release with Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure And Population The Hon Alan Tudge MP and Country Liberals Candidate for Solomon Kathy Ganley
The Palmerston Council has received $1 million to boost public safety through sensor technology and smart lighting to help deter crime.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion and CLP Candidate for Solomon, Kathy Ganley, announced the funding for Palmerston Council as one of the successful projects under Round Two of the Coalition Government’s Smart Cities and Suburbs Program.
“The City of Palmerston is boosting public safety through sensor technology and smart lighting that will pick up when people are walking through public spaces and to act as a deterrent for local crime,” Senator Scullion said.
“Crime has risen under the Gunner Labor Government who has failed to keep Territorians safe and the CLP is acting by backing projects like this to help reduce and prevent crime and boost the safety of Territorians.”
Mrs Ganley said this project responds to a range of local issues through deployment of smart technology to improve public spaces and amenities.
“I applaud Palmerston City Council for its innovation. CCTV, sensors and smart lighting will be used together to improve public safety in areas that have experienced antisocial behaviour. Enhanced monitoring will help to curb increasing crime rates and smart lighting will deliver energy efficiencies and increase safety by improving lighting in public areas,” Mrs Ganley said.
“The project will also deliver more efficient community based services. Sensor technology will be used to undertake environmental monitoring to optimise water usage and optimise water resources in green spaces. Other technologies such as ‘smart bins’ will improve public services and optimise collection efficiency.
“Open data from these projects will provide for future innovation and range of public programs and events will be used to engage the community to ensure the data can extend into new initiatives,” Mrs Ganley 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 City of Palmerston on behalf of the Coalition Government. This funding ensures that this sensor technology and smart lighting 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