Ipswich among world’s most intelligent communities

October 30, 2017

The City of Ipswich has been recognised as one of the world’s most intelligent communities.
Queensland’s fastest growing city was a finalist for Intelligent Community of the Year at a summit held in New York by leading global think tank the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF).

Acting Mayor Paul Tully said while Ipswich was narrowly edged out by Melbourne for the title, being among the finalists cemented Ipswich as a global leader in the use of digital technology to advance community prosperity and liveability.

“A powerful and sweeping transformation is under way in Ipswich, the likes of which our city has not seen before,” Cr Tully said.

“It’s being driven by our bold ambition to make Ipswich Australia’s most liveable and prosperous Smart City.
“We’re advancing a Smart City Program that goes beyond technology and puts people at the centre of change that will connect us with each other, the world and the future.”

Ipswich City Council’s Smart City Program includes 10 Priority Initiatives, including Australia’s largest live trial of connected vehicles and some of the world’s latest technology being installed in parks and sporting facilities.

Cr Tully said the true measure of an intelligent community was how it used technology.

“Ipswich’s Smart City initiatives aren’t about gimmicky technology, instead we’re focused on building our community’s connectedness, capabilities and prospects through new solutions to city challenges and opportunities,” Cr Tully said.

“As an example, in March 2016 we opened Australia’s first fully council-funded innovation hub, Fire Station 101, to encourage entrepreneurship and promote digital skills in the community.

“Since opening it has attracted 150 start-up members, spawned 15 new digital technology companies and delivered 120 events attended by more than 3000 people.

“By promoting digital skilling in our community we’re equipping the residents and businesses of today to be able to embrace the opportunities of tomorrow.”