Bathurst is on track to become a Smart City of national significance, where technology and data are used to drive economic activity, meet the changing needs of our community through a digital strategy, accelerate innovation and better manage our resources, energy and services.
Growing Bathurst as a Smart City complements our city’s reputation as a great place to live, and shows our agility and flexibility in adapting new technologies to provide better experiences of our city for residents and visitors alike.
Through innovation and collaboration between Council, Federal and State Government and local businesses the following Smart City project milestones have already been achieved:
- Work underway to establish a free CBD Wi-Fi network – this project received grant funding from the Australian Government;
- Development of the Upstairs Start-Up Hub in the CBD, an innovation and business incubator to help launch new small businesses;
- Successful NBN rollout;
- Installation of a Tesla Supercharger;
- Installation of smart water meters across Bathurst to monitor water usage and water wastage;
- Establishment of Australia’s first experiential technology hub, Gunthers Lane
Council has also commenced additional Smart City projects such as smart controls for CBD street lighting and CCTV network scoping. Council is also developing the first Smart City Plan for our region.
The development of Bathurst into a Smart City has numerous benefits, including:
- Increased business investment and relocations
- Increased residential relocation and visitation
- The development of a more liveable region
- Cost saving energy efficiencies
- The emergence of innovative local businesses and new products
- New skills for local business professionals
- Analytics that provide Council with real time and accurate data to inform planning decisions
In establishing a free Wi-Fi network, Council has developed a policy to govern the use of the Wi-Fi system. Council has adopted the Public Wi-Fi Acceptable Use Policy. The policy can be read here.