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The federal government’s Smart Cities and Suburbs program is now available to local councils. Councils are able to apply for up to $5 million in funding to support tech projects for their communities. “I’m delighted to launch this exciting new program to support the rollout of technology and data solutions for local communities,” said Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation Angus Taylor. “We’re looking for communities of all sizes and from all locations to put forward technology proposals that solve everyday urban or regional problems, and have the potential to be scaled up and delivered nationwide.”

The government is co-investing in innovative projects that apply smart technology, data-driven decision-making and people-focused design. A wide range of projects is 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. Eligible organisations, including local governments, private companies, not for profits and research organisations, can apply for grants of between $100,000 and $5 million to fund up to 50% of eligible project costs. “This is not just for metropolitan areas, good ideas come from everywhere and we welcome applications from across Australia,” said Taylor.

Applications are open from 17 March until 30 June 2017.

The Smart Cities and Suburbs program is supported by the Future Ready incubation series assisting councils to build smart cities know-how. For more information and to download a copy of the Smart Cities and Suburbs program guidelines, visit business.gov.au.

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