Rockhampton Regional Council is working on a plan to use our region’s strengths, combined with the next generation of technology to overcome our local challenges and provide a new focus on the jobs of tomorrow, innovation, tourism and supporting the community with more efficient services.

Focusing on Smart technologies, better connectivity and willingness by council, local business and the community to work smarter and embrace emerging industries will deliver a new era of prosperity to realise the full potential of the National Broadband Network.

Smart City technologies have been used around the world to assist governments and businesses to make better, targeted decisions.

A Smart Regional Centre uses real-time data created by sensors, as well as information and communications technology, to help improve public services, grow employment, get the most out of our resources and provide a city where residents want to work and live.

Initiatives include free Wi-Fi in designated public spaces, a new digital museum which will display information on smart phones as tourists travel around the region, a new mechanism for locals and tourists to know what’s happening in the Region, a number of new smart CCTV cameras in known trouble areas, smart billboards, a Smart Hub on the riverfront, as well as releasing Council’s data for public use. This may include data such as water treatment and traffic information, no personal information will be released.

Rockhampton is amongst the first Australian cities to focus on the use of these technologies to grow the economy and improve liveability of the area.

The initiatives included in the plan are expected to directly create at least 288 full time equivalent (FTE) jobs, including 95 direct jobs and 193 flow-on jobs. They are also expected to help grow local business, increase public safety, grow the population of the region and increase the use of under utilised areas.