10 March 2017

Encourage Corangamite to incubate bright ideas

The Turnbull Government is encouraging the Geelong and Corangamite regions to incubate clever technology projects to prepare for a digital future.

Councils across the region are invited to register for the Future Ready series of webinars and masterclasses on building technology know-how.

Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation Angus Taylor said Future Ready complemented the Australian Government’s $50 million Smart Cities and Suburbs Program.

“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 are expected to be developed, such as app-based detection of infrastructure wear and tear, traffic sensors, smart street lighting, or computer generated programs that support local services.

Assistant Minister Taylor said Future Ready was a break from the traditional grants program.

“It’s a stepping stone toward the soon to be launched Smart Cities and Suburbs Program, and it will nurture ideas at a local level, ahead of Federal funding for the best technology projects.”

Future Ready has been welcomed by Sarah Henderson MP.

“Future Ready is an exciting opportunity for Corangamite councils to stay ahead of the game when it comes to digital transformation.”

Future Ready events will run between May and September 2017 with collaborative activities and project incubation continuing beyond the formal program. Registrations are now open.

“I encourage local governments across the country to register for Future Ready and get involved in the smart cities transformation,” Ms Henderson said.

To find out more, visit https://cities.dpmc.gov.au/future-ready

10 March 2017