Lake Macquarie makes smart connections

Lake Mac’s Smart City attributes have been on display this week, with an international organisation in town to film the City and the Mayor of Lake Macquarie, Cr Kay Fraser, featuring in a discussion panel of city leaders at the Australian Smart Cities and Infrastructure Summit, in Sydney.

“Participating in these events is a great way to gather and share ideas that will help us develop and implement new technologies and diversify our economy,” Cr Fraser said.

Representatives of the Global Smart City and Community Coalition (GSC3) were in Lake Macquarie on Wednesday to film a 360-degree virtual reality video to feature on the organisation’s website.

The City signed an MOU with The Netherlands-based GSC3 in November 2016 to facilitate collaboration and information sharing with its member cities.

“The video will sit alongside those of international cities such as Chicago, Amsterdam, Genoa and The Hague, showcasing our City and highlighting our smart initiatives,” Cr Fraser said.

“It will focus on the ways we are harnessing technology to connect our communities, improve engagement and enhance digital literacy.”

As part of the GSC3 visit, Saskia Beer from TransformCity shared with Council staff her Amsterdam experience using technology to creatively connect different stakeholders in citymaking and prototyping public space interventions with the community.

Later, GSC3 delegates and Council staff met with representatives from Newcastle City Council, the University of Newcastle, the NSW Business Chamber, the Australian Industry Group and the Hunter Founders Forum to identify opportunities for collaboration between the Hunter region and GSC3 partner cities.

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