Regional economy revamp given nod | Jeremy Bath

Newcastle City Council has endorsed a smart city strategy  to make life in Newcastle easier and more sustainable for residents, businesses and visitors.

The strategy seeks to diversify the regional economy and encourage innovation to overcome urban challenges while attracting further investment and slowing the Hunter's decades-long brain drain.

Free public-space WiFi, sensors in bins to indicate when they’re full and battery-stored solar power in CBD buildings are some of the actions that will help make Newcastle a truly global city.

The strategy was refined following a six-week public exhibition period in which 74 submissions were received and an online engagement platform had 2390 visits.  

New approaches to water management and a greater emphasis on public safety and security were incorporated into the revised strategy as a result of the feedback.

Council's endorsement means we now have a community informed, council-endorsed blueprint to follow.

BLUEPRINT: Newcastle City Council has endorsed a smart city strategy.

BLUEPRINT: Newcastle City Council has endorsed a smart city strategy.

Actions will now be implemented by business units across council and be integrated into relevant work programs and operational plans. For new programs and projects, funding will be sought through the usual budget processes or external grant funding when available.

Jeremy Bath is the interim chief executive of Newcastle City Council.

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