Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) is looking to make the region smarter and more technologically capable by developing a dedicated Smart City Strategy, creating an even better place to live, work, visit and invest in.
“A smart city uses technology to make communities more liveable, more sustainable, more productive – and that’s what our Smart City Strategy will aim to do,” DRC Director Development and Environment, Stephen Wallace, said.
“We want to deliver more efficient and effective services that use technology and data to better understand and serve the Dubbo community. Technology will also help us tackle future challenges and grab hold of new opportunities in the digital age.
“In today’s competitive environment, with new challenges like COVID-19 and the changing climate, we need to be creative and innovative. More often, new technologies are driving better outcomes for communities, businesses and the agricultural and education sectors. DRC can leverage technology to support the community, and drive new opportunities.”
The Smart City Strategy will also be a key document in helping guide the direction of DRC’s internal use of technology, to help deliver important services to the community. There has already been the implementation of award-winning technology to improve customer relations, with plans to introduce more.
“Our Smart City Strategy will build on your priorities and challenges and we value the input and ideas of the Dubbo community,” Mr Wallace said.
DRC sought assistance from the community to identify areas of opportunity that can be improved by integrating smart technologies and improved data management.
Community members were able to get involved and share ideas at the Community Workshops held in early June. These sessions were held over two days, with one in-person workshop and one digital workshop, in addition to an online survey. The workshops included a briefing about what the Smart Cities plan is, ensuring that Dubbo’s Smart City Strategy is tailored to the needs and capability of the community.