Historic MOU signing recognises Moreton Bay as ‘smart region’

14 March 2017

Bram Reinders and Mayor Allan Sutherland
GSC3’s Bram Reinders and Mayor Allan Sutherland sign MOU.

Moreton Bay Regional Council has today signed an exciting new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Dutch-based Global Smart City and Community Coalition - known as ‘GSC3’.

Mayor Allan Sutherland welcomed growing international interest in the Moreton Bay Region, which is already as one of Australia’s fastest growing regions and strongest local economies. 

“Today’s historic MOU signing formally recognises our region as ‘smart region’ and an ideal location to continue to develop and showcase smart technology for the benefit of local residents and businesses,” Mayor Sutherland said. 

“Already we have seen smart technology rolled out across our region with public facilities like The Corso at North Lakes, which has been recognised as Queensland’s first public building to achieve a 5 Star Green Star rating.

“The Corso is a future-proofed building that has utilised innovative technology and design, and boasts 550 solar panels that generate much of the building’s daily power needs and rain water storage that can be utilised within the building.”

Representatives of GSC3 today toured the Moreton Bay Region, visiting a number of locations including Lake Samsonvale, Dayboro town centre, Mt Mee lookout, Scarborough, Redcliffe jetty, North Lakes, and The Mill at Moreton Bay site at Petrie.  They also held discussions with council staff and the Mayor and Councillors regarding opportunities for collaboration.

These locations were filmed in 360 degree virtual reality and will be showcased on the GSC3 city website, to further promote the Moreton Bay Region. 

Mayor Sutherland said this kind of global exposure and international collaboration with the Moreton Bay Region was invaluable for the region.

“There is some really exciting, innovative technology already being investigated globally by the GSC3 coalition for the benefit of local councils and their communities,” the Mayor said.

“It includes motion censored street lights to improve community safety, better utilisation of wi-fi technology at public waste bins that can send a message to council staff when a bin needs emptying, and moisture censors that sense when soil dries out and turns on sprinklers at sporting fields.

“The Mill at Moreton Bay will also be a fitting location to showcase smart technology, as it is likely to be the first new university campus built in Queensland in the past 20 years.

“This gives our region the opportunity to deploy the latest technology and innovations to attract market-leading research, globally competitive companies and world-class jobs to our region.

“To think that our region now has the backing of some of the biggest regions in the world to collaborate, develop and showcase innovation for our region is absolutely mind blowing.”

Bram Reinders with Mayor Sutherland and Cr Matt Constance
Bram Reinders with Mayor Sutherland and Cr Matt Constance

Global Smart City and Community Coalition Chair Mr Bram Reinders said the MOU showcased Moreton Bay Region as a vibrant, innovative and sustainable global region. 

“The MOU places Moreton Bay Region alongside cities like Chicago, Austin and Charlotte in the United States, Genoa in Italy, and Rotterdam, Eindhoven, Amsterdam and The Hague in the Netherlands,” Mr Reinders said. 

Global Smart City and Community Coalition (GSC3) is a non for profit global organisation supported by governments, universities and businesses around the world. 

Moreton Bay Regional Council is a participating council in the Global Smart City and Community Coalition. 

While the MOU signals the desire of both agencies to work collaboratively together it is not a legally binding document and does not represent a commitment on behalf of either party to pursue specific projects, funding or partnerships. 

Future projects may require subsequent agreements between the parties and may be subject to further council approval. 

For more information visit the GSC3 website.

Cr Winchester, Rik Wamelink, Bram Reinders, Mayor Sutherland, Paul Budde, Nicoline van Cann and Cr Houghton
Cr Winchester, Rik Wamelink, Bram Reinders, Mayor Sutherland, Paul Budde, Nicoline van Cann and Cr Houghton

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