What do Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Rockhampton all have in common?
All have been chosen to host a roundtable event to provide community input for a $50m Smart Cities and Suburbs Program and Rocky's turn was yesterday.
The roundtable forum was focused on developing smart cities and digital innovation proved a major success in Rockhampton.
Co-hosted by the Rockhampton Regional Council, the roundtable was among several held around Australia arranged by the Federal Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation.
Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said the aim was to explore how the Federal Government's new Smart Cities and Suburbs Program can best support local councils to implement innovative technology solutions.
"(The) forum in Rockhampton brought together over 60 representatives from the local and state governments, technology companies, research organisations and local businesses to help shape the Australian Government's new Smart Cities and Suburbs Program," Ms Landry said.
"Local councils and technology firms are being encouraged to explore how new public-private partnerships can solve long-standing urban problems and increase city liveability."
Under the program, the forum was told that the most valuable projects will be transformative collaborations between multiple councils and technology industry partners that link closely with future plans for the area.
Rockhampton Regional Council Acting Mayor Councillor Cherie Rutherford said she is confident today's success of the roundtable will help shape the program.
"We take great pride in hosting this event that had such a broad representation from the Central Queensland Region.
"With Central Highlands, Livingstone, Gladstone and Rockhampton Councils participating in the roundtable discussions it's clear we're all willing to collaborate to get the best out of this program for our communities."
Input gathered through the roundtables and other consultation activities will be crucial to ensure the Smart Cities and Suburbs Program targets the right issues.
For those unable to attend, roundtable materials will be made available at cities.dpmc.gov.au/smart-cities-program in the near future.