Smart City 

Update at July 2019

Following on from our Smart City project seminar held for key stakeholders on the 1st March with keynote speaker Peter Auhl, the former Chief Information Officer of the City of Adelaide, the Committee for Wagga congratulates the Wagga Wagga City Council’s announcement on 8th April that it will pursue a Smart City strategy, commencing with the hosting of a Smart City event to be held in Sydney during August 2019.

During May 2019, Committee for Wagga participated in workshops with the State Government Department of Premier & Cabinet and their consultants, to contribute to the shaping of digital connectivity for the City. Committee for Wagga was given the opportunity to make a presentation at the stakeholder workshop, outlining Committee for Wagga’s history with Smart City from 2014 through to 2019, our adoption of the City of Adelaide as a benchmark case study and our view as to how the provision of digital connectivity for regional centres and the roll out of smart city strategy could occur and how it can apply to Wagga Wagga as a Proof of Concept city. The project is aligned to and references the economic vision growth target of 100,000 people by 2038.

The next step is for the consultants to prepare their Scoping recommendation for submission to the Premier via the Department of Premier & Cabinet.

Committee for Wagga looks forward with optimism to the roll out of strategies and initiatives at both Local and State Government level that will see the use of technology to significantly advance the City’s digital connectivity and improve the liveability of the city.

Background

Smart City infrastructure encompasses a variety of innovations featuring technology to improve a city’s efficiency and liveability. For example, technology can be introduced to benefit traffic management, potentially reducing latent parking spaces and improving traffic flow in areas of high congestion during busy periods. 

Wagga Wagga is well placed to implement key elements of smart city infrastructure such as public access to Wi-Fi. Establishing a Wi-Fi network requires fibre ports to be located at regular intervals within a specified area, ideally elevated to improve signal quality and line of sight. Investment in this infrastructure has been completed as a requirement of the CCTV network initiated by Committee 4 Wagga and installed in 2015, therefore the CCTV poles can be utilised to reduce the capital costs required to establish the network. 

Australia has been quick to embrace smart city technology with many cities introducing public Wi-Fi in busy retail precincts including Newcastle, Launceston, Canberra, Wollongong, Ballarat, Bendigo and Adelaide. The networks enhance the social and economic environment of retail precincts and public spaces by encouraging increased activity. 


Key Stakeholders: 

Wagga Wagga City Council 
Committee 4 Wagga 
Businesses 

Recommendation: 

Consider the feasibility and benefits of introducing smart city infrastructure.