Yeppoon’s Town Centre is set to become more energy efficient, safe and technologically advanced thanks to a $200,000 Smart Cities and Suburbs grant from the Australian Government.

Mayor Bill Ludwig said the Yeppoon Town Centre Smart Precinct project aims to provide smart LED street lighting, further access to free WiFi, data capture and analytics, local vendor advertising, smart waste sensors, interactive digital placemaking features, a smart kiosk and other smart technologies that will complement the newly constructed Local Disaster Coordination Centre and Community Resilience Hub in Beaman Park in the heart of Yeppoon.

“This project will encourage the Capricorn Coast region’s business and community to embrace Smart- Cities technology in order to advance the local economy, attract investment, increase jobs, build prosperity and improve community lifestyle,” Mayor Ludwig said.

“I must thank the Australian Government for this funding opportunity and our local member Michelle Landry for supporting this innovative project.”

Deputy Mayor and Digital Economy and Innovation Champion Nigel Hutton said the project would involve key digital enhancements such as a Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN), an open data management platform, public WiFi, and Smart street LED Lighting.

“These preliminary design and installation requirements will begin to take shape in the second half of 2018, and are due for completion in the first half of 2019,” Cr Hutton.

Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said the grant would boost the Capricorn Coast’s presence on the tourism map even further, bringing the region up to a standard of other urban centres across Australia.

“The Smart Cities and Suburbs Program provides an opportunity for cities, suburbs and towns become more liveable, productive and sustainable, while allowing urban service delivery to become more efficient and effective, and I look forward to seeing this project take shape on the Capricorn Coast,” Ms Landry said.

Source - Livingstone Shire Council

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