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"As the largest populated city in NSW, we have a responsibility and duty to pave the way forward and set the standard for Smart Cities in Australia. The Smart CBCity Roadmap demonstrates our commitment to building a smart framework, not just for our great City, but to help shape Australia."- Khal Asfour, Mayor
The City of Canterbury Bankstown has been working 'Smart' for a number of years, however in April 2018, Mayor Khal Asfour pledged support to become a leading Smart City, using technology and data to make our lives better for the future. He asked that Council investigates options to create its own plan for Smart City success.
In July 2018, Council developed a CitySMART function within the organisation structure and work commenced on its Smart Cities Roadmap and Smart City program.
In October 2018, Council endorsed the draft Smart CBCity Roadmap and placed it on public exhibition from17 October 2018 to 22 June 2019. This extended public consultation period is a deliberate effort by Council to be truly consultative and ensure no-one is left behind in our journey to becoming a Smart City.
The current CBCity roadmap was adopted by Council in September 2019 and has been recognised as a highly commended document by the Smart Cities Council for 2019.
The following working definition is proposed to guide our thinking:
"Using technology, connectivity and data to evolve our City and make real improvements."
"Canterbury-Bankstown will create a thriving, dynamic and real City, addressing the big challenges that matter to our community. We will achieve this by using technology and data to deliver more responsive and effective services, and facilitate resilient and informed decisions."