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Smart Cities Awards applaud innovation and impact

Thirteen winners have been applauded for their visionary leadership, best practice projects and real-world impact at the second annual Smart Cities Awards.

Telstra and GWI partnered with Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand to present the awards, which were held in Sydney as part of Smart Cities Week.

“The 2019 winners of the Smart Cities Awards are delivering truly world-standard initiatives that demonstrate a smart city is not just technologically advanced, but is also a powerful connector of community,” said Jason Law, National General Manager, Local Government and Smart Cities, for Telstra.

Adam Beck, Smart Cities Council and Michelle Fitzgerald, City of Melbourne – City Leadership Award

“The awards showcase the diversity of the smart cities movement across government, industry and academia and underscore Australia’s potential to seize the lead in the smart cities space,” added Ian Roderick, Partner with GWI.

The City of Melbourne took home the coveted Leadership City category for an innovative strategy that combines the latest in technology with deep community engagement.

The City of Melbourne also won the Digital City Services award for its Melbourne City DNA project and the Social Impact award for its Open Innovation Competitions.

The Regional Leadership Award went to the Southern Grampians Shire Council for its transformative work on behalf of its 16,000 residents to address the challenges faced by rural people.

The City of Canterbury Bankstown came up trumps in the Smart City Partnership category for transforming Bankstown Station into a street of the future.

The council also took home the Smart City Organisation Transformation Award for boosting its smart city maturing and impact.

Three individuals were applauded for their leadership.

The City of Perth’s Daniel High earned the Government Leader Award for his work driving a transformative $2.6 million smart cities investment. 

Place Design Group’s Chris Isles was acknowledged with the Industry Leader Award for his innovative work to reimagine the street. 

SAGE Automation’s Ashby Martin was recognised for uplifting smart cities capabilities in the Emerging Leader category.

Meredith Hodgman, City of Sydney and Chris Isles, Place Design Group – Industry Leader Award

Executive Director of the Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand, Adam Beck said the 2019 awards demonstrate how far the smart cities community has come in just a year.

“In our capacity as the peak body for smart cities, we will continue to elevate and celebrate those cities, towns and communities that are realising the economic and social potential of technology and data investment.”

SMART CITIES 2019 AWARD WINNERS

DIGITAL CITY SERVICES
Winner: City of Melbourne

SMART CITIES STRATEGY
Winner: Wyndham City Council
Highly Commended: City of Canterbury Bankstown

BUILT ENVIRONMENT AWARD
Winner: City of Prospect, City of Burnside, City of Playford, City of Port Adelaide Enfield, Campbelltown City Council, University of Adelaide and Meshed

SOCIAL IMPACT
Winner: City of Melbourne

RESEARCH AND INNOVATION
Winner: University of Newcastle

REGIONAL LEADERSHIP AWARD
Winner: Southern Grampians Shire Council

SMART CITY POLICY
Winner: Local Government Association of South Australia

SMART CITY PARTNERSHIP
Winner: City of Canterbury Bankstown
Highly Commended: City of Newcastle
Highly Commended: Sunshine Coast Council and Stockland

SMART CITY ORGANISATION TRANSFORMATION
Winner: City of Canterbury Bankstown

LEADERSHIP CITY AWARD
Winner: City of Melbourne

GOVERNMENT LEADER AWARD
Winner: Daniel High
Highly Commended: Daniel Adams

INDUSTRY LEADER
Winner: Chris Isles

EMERGING LEADER
Winner: Ashby Martin

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