Government Grants North Lakes $450,000 in Round One of Smart Cities and Suburbs Program

The Australian Government has announced a $450,000 grant for the Moreton Bay Regional Council to improve parking in North Lakes. The suburb will soon have digital street signage to tell drivers how many free carparks are available on each street. A smartphone app is also being developed to show a virtual map of free and occupied spaces to help give drivers real-time information. The project is expected to be completed by March 2019.

Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation Angus Taylor has made the announcement on 14th of November. He has been joined by Luke Howarth MP, Federal Member for Petrie and Councillor Julie Greer from Moreton Bay Regional Council in making the announcement.

“The Smart Cities and Suburbs Program supports local communities to deliver technology solutions to critical urban problems, making our cities, suburbs and regional centres great places to live, work and play,” Assistant Minister Taylor has explained during the announcement.

“Parking and traffic congestion are major issues in our community and it is brilliant to see an innovative approach to solve these problems for local residents and businesses,” Mr Howarth has chimed in, adding that the Moreton Bay Regional Council has done a best job at cutting congestion in North Lakes.

Calls for tenders for the design, installation, and operation of the system are expected to happen in the coming weeks. Councillor Greer hopes that local businesses, the school, and community will participate in all surveys and related trials that will test the effectiveness of upcoming proposals.

The $450,000 grant is part of Round One of the Smart Cities and Suburbs Program that the Australian Government has announced on 17th of March. Round Two is expected to open in the first half of 2018. A total of $50 million has been allotted for the initiative.

Ultimately, the Smart Cities and Suburbs Program aims to improve the liveability, productivity, and sustainability of all Australian cities and towns.

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