Georges River Councl recognised for innovation at the 2019 Smart City Awards

Smart crew: Dr Christian Tietz UNSW Built Environment; Hayley Barnes, Georges River Council; June Boxsell, Street Furniture Australia; Dr Kate Bishop and Dr Nancy Marshall, UNSW Built Environment; Sue Weatherley, Director City Strategy and Innovation Georges River Council; Nickolas Takos Georges River Counci; and Francis McArdle, Street Furniture Australia.
Smart crew: Dr Christian Tietz UNSW Built Environment; Hayley Barnes, Georges River Council; June Boxsell, Street Furniture Australia; Dr Kate Bishop and Dr Nancy Marshall, UNSW Built Environment; Sue Weatherley, Director City Strategy and Innovation Georges River Council; Nickolas Takos Georges River Counci; and Francis McArdle, Street Furniture Australia.

Georges River Council has been recognised at the Committee for Sydney's Smart City Awards 2019.

The council received a Highly Commended award for providing 'smart social spaces' at three hubs in the local government area.

The project was in conjunction with the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and Street Furniture Australia.

"By working closely with both organisations, Council will improve the lifestyle in the Georges River area and residents' access to smart technologies through the creation of three ChillOUT hubs which will be located in Mortdale, Kogarah and Hurstville," Georges River Council mayor Kevin Greene said.

"These new social spaces are aimed at reducing the temperature, facilitating social connections and activating public spaces through technology, shading and greenery," he said.

Council's ChillOUT hubs are designed to be human-centred, scalable, smart and measurable. The final design concept is a modern cluster of smart street furniture embedded with technology to measure climate, usage and maintenance.

To support the project, the council is focusing on extending the local tree canopy and delivering innovative green solutions through the city as part of the NSW Government's 5 Million Trees initiative.

Council is also working collaboratively internally to plant new street trees and extend shading.

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