Sim City For The Real World As Turnbull Announces Smart Cities Plan


It’s the ultimate dream – a city where residents are guaranteed a 30 minute capped commute wherever their destination may lie in the city. Change requires management, and as such, urban responsibilities are endless with the need for laying roads efficiently, planning and delivering transport, plotting neighbourhoods, monitoring both population growth and the economy, aligning amenity and allocating zoning.

No, we're not talking about Sim City.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull this morning unveiled a smart cities plan for Australia that it hopes will create a new breed of "liveable" cities with affordable housing, efficient transport and good jobs, with the aim of making jobs, schools and services accessible to city dwellers within a 30-minute timeframe. The plan will also incorporate ‘City Deals’ to drive development in certain regions.

"It means is that you ensure that your cities are designed so that wherever people live, they can reach within a reasonable time, 30 minutes, somewhere where they can work, somewhere to study, somewhere to recreate," Mr Turnbull said at the official unveiling of the policy according to Yahoo."We've got to ensure that our cities are not allowed to develop in a manner that results, as we have had, particularly in our own city, my own city of Sydney, where you have areas where hundreds of thousands of people leave every day to go to work because the communities they live in have been allowed to build up in an absence of mind as essentially dormitory suburbs,” Mr Turnbull said.

The federal government believes smart technology can play a leading role in fulfilling its future urban vision.

Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk welcomed the plan outlaying support for one of the key submissions of encouraging private investors to help fund large infrastructure projects, Yahoo reported.

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