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Council smart tech funding of up to $5 million

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Local councils can apply for up to $5 million in funding to support smart tech projects for their communities.

The Federal Government’s $50 million Smart Cities and Suburbs Program was opened by Federal Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation Angus Taylor.

“I’m delighted to launch this exciting new program to support the rollout of technology and data solutions for local communities,” Assistant Minister Taylor said.

“This is not just for metropolitan areas, good ideas come from everywhere and we welcome applications from across Australia.”

The Federal Government is co-investing in innovative projects that apply smart technology, data-driven decision making and people-focused design.

“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.”

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.

Eligible organisations—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 per cent of eligible project costs.

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.

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