Council’s commitment to advancing the region’s local economy, attracting investment and increasing jobs continues to gain momentum as works in Beaman Park progress to make way for the Yeppoon Town Centre Smart Precinct.
Deputy Mayor and Council’s Digital Economy and Innovation Champion Councillor Nigel Hutton said Council received a $200,000 grant from the Australian Government Smart Cities and Suburbs initiative last year to begin implementing smart cities technology within the Yeppoon Town Centre. “The purpose of the grant is to develop the Yeppoon Town Centre Smart Precinct so that it’s “smart”, energy efficient, and safe,” Cr Hutton said.
“This project will encourage the Capricorn Coast region’s business community to embrace smart technology to advance the local economy, attract investment, increase jobs, build prosperity and improve community lifestyle.
“Development of this project through initiatives such as smart LED street lighting, access to free WiFi, a LORAWAN network (long-range wireless communication protocol), bin sensors, interactive digital placemaking features and other smart technologies which will increase visitor interaction and attraction, and contribute to creating a town centre that’s technologically advanced. “Council would like to thank the Australian Government for their valuable financial contribution towards this important project.”
Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said she was pleased to see this funding be put towards enhancing our regions technological capabilities.
“To respond to our region’s growth, it’s important we take advantage of tomorrow’s economic opportunities, and rethink the way our communities are planned, built and managed today,” Ms Landry said.
“That’s why I’m proud to have secured this important funding to maximise our community’s potential while working in partnership with Livingstone Shire Council.”
Cr Hutton added that the project will complement the Centre of Excellence for Disaster Management, Innovation and Community Resilience (The Hub) in the heart of Yeppoon.
“The initial works around the Anzac Memorial in Beaman Park are expected to be completed before Easter, with the remainder of the works scheduled for completion in early June 2019,” Cr Hutton said.
“While there will be minimal disruptions to traffic along James or Normanby Streets, some sections of Beaman Park will be inaccessible while the works are being carried out. We thank the community for their patience during this time.”