The City of Greater Geelong has been recognised for its use of smart technology, using its new innovations to create a climate change resilient region.
The City was the only local government authority across Australia and New Zealand to be recognised on the annual Australian Financial Review (AFR) BOSS Most Innovative Companies list.
Guided by its Smart City Strategic Framework and the Climate Change Response Plan 2021-30, the City was applauded for embracing leading technologies and creating initiatives to proactively respond to the impacts of climate change.
Via innovative solutions including weather sensors, digital twins, Artificial Intelligence (AI), custom-built marine furniture and digital wayfinding, the City is improving local climate risk knowledge and involving local communities through initiatives, such as:
- The sculptural Dell Eco Reef in Clifton Springs, comprising 46 wave units, is reducing beach erosion and providing habitat for oysters and mussels, providing much-needed wave break protection and enhancing the beauty of the coast
- The creation of a localised cooler microclimate in Eastern Park through smart irrigation, effectively safeguarding thousands of Grey-headed flying foxes who live in the region over summer
- The creation of the first Geelong Digital Twin, with high-fidelity building models and tree canopy coverage data to map urban heat, enabling pedestrians to choose cooler walking routes
- The installation of 18 new weather recording devices through the Weather Together Program, providing continuous data every 15 minutes to support agriculture and precision planning
City of Greater Geelong Mayor, Trent Sullivan, said Council was thrilled that the City is considered one of Australia and New Zealand’s most innovative companies.
“We are so proud to be a smart city leader on the world stage through our innovation and forward-thinking mindset,” Mayor Sullivan said.
“The City embraces cutting edge technology and a culture of innovation, in our pursuit of seeing Greater Geelong recognised internationally as a clever and creative city.
“We are driven to improve services to the community, support and enhance our unique biodiversity and create a more sustainable, inclusive and innovative region.
“This is a wonderful and exciting achievement for the community.”
City of Greater Geelong CEO, Ali Wastie, said that the recognition celebrates joint efforts and collaboration across Greater Geelong.
“We are committed to partnering with different levels of government, private industries, community groups and the education sector to collaborate with each other to create a better future for our people,” Ms Wastie said.
“With access to climate data and smart technology, more people in the community are being inspired to act and be involved in clever local solutions.
“I thank our Smart City, Parks & Natural Assets, City Works and Capital Projects teams, the Victorian Government for funding support and the community for making real-world positive impacts through a coordinated, cooperative response.”
For the full Australian Financial Review BOSS Most Innovative Company List, visit www.afr.com/lists/most-innovative-companies.