Ipswich wins accolade for ambitious Smart City program

October 23, 2017

A bold plan to embrace new ways of living, learning and working as Australia’s most liveable and prosperous Smart City has earned Ipswich an Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) iAward.

Council won the 2017 AIIA Premier of Queensland’s Advance Queensland Award for Public Sector Transformation for its Smart City Program at a ceremony in Brisbane on Wednesday night.

The awards recognise technology innovations that are having a positive impact on the community. Acting Mayor Paul Tully said Ipswich’s Smart City Program had commenced with 10 Priority Initiatives being progressed already, including Australia’s largest live trial of connected vehicles and some of the world’s latest technology being installed in parks and sporting facilities.

“Our Smart City Program puts people at the centre of a powerful transformation that will connect us with each other, with the future and with the world,” Cr Tully said.

“The Ipswich Smart City Program is the culmination of 18 months of extensive work including the city’s largest community survey, a global peer city review, extensive industry consultation and a detailed review of council operations.

“It’s built on three objectives – jobs, growth and liveability. Every initiative carried out under the program must deliver on at least one of these outcomes.”

Cr Tully said collaboration and connectivity were crucial to the program’s success. “This program belongs to the community and whether you’re a citizen, a startup, a community group or major conglomerate we want to work with you to make it happen,” Cr Tully said.

“Together we can drive jobs and growth for Ipswich, now and into the future.”

For a list of Priority Initiatives and more information visit the smart city initiatives.