Digital infrastructure to enable smart technologies in the Western Parkland City

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Digital and smart infrastructure
High Priority Initiative
Location
Western Sydney, NSW
Geography
Fast-growing cities
Category
Social Infrastructure
Problem/Opportunity timeframe
Near term (0-5 years)
Proposed By
NSW Government
Date added to the IPL
26 February 2021
Western Parkland City

Opportunity

The Western Parkland City is being developed as one of Greater Sydney’s three cities. It will have a population of more than 1.5 million by 2036. There is an opportunity to invest in foundational digital infrastructure to enable it to be a digitally connected city.

The 2019 Australian Infrastructure Audit identified that integrating new technologies can enable substantial improvements in quality of life, productivity and service delivery.

Fast and reliable internet connections will be crucial to the development of the Western Parkland City as it seeks to attract people, businesses and jobs.

Providing digital infrastructure would enable the adoption of technologies that reduce travel times, reduce resource use and emissions, improve health and provide more ways for community members to access up to date information about services and developments in their city.

This opportunity is aligned with the NSW Digital Government Strategy, which aims to enhance customer experience and service delivery for people and businesses in New South Wales.

Smart city infrastructure can also enable technologies that help deliver  NSW Government priorities relating to transport, the environment and urban development.

Proposed initiative

The initiative is for developing the digital foundations of the Western Parkland City to support future technological infrastructure, such as 5G and 6G antennas, public Wi-Fi networks and sensor networks.

Enabling infrastructure could include:

  • smart street furniture
  • smart poles that provide mobile internet access, street lighting and security cameras
  • a high-capacity telecommunications transmission network.

Next steps

Proponent to identify initiatives and develop options (Stage 2 of Infrastructure Australia’s Assessment Framework).