Newcastle Smart City Strategy

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Council is in the process of developing its first smart city strategy.  The Newcastle Smart City Strategy will be a collaborative strategic planning document that will guide Council and a wide range of stakeholders and partners towards a smart and innovative future.

We have been working with all three levels of government, the community, educational and research providers and business and industry sectors in the development of this initiative to ensure that the Newcastle Smart City Strategy is a shared vision.

Our aim has been to develop a roadmap for creating a smarter and more innovative Newcastle and Hunter region and to maximise opportunities as they are presented in sectors including technology, advanced manufacturing, the digital economy and creative industries. 

The strategy will leverage the smart city movement to improve liveability, sustainability and economic diversity, develop local innovation, build international profile and attract talent and inward investment to our city. 


 The Newcastle Smart City Strategy has several objectives, which are fundamental to its success:

  • To identify collective vision and principles to guide Newcastle as a smart and innovative city
  • To identify strategic themes and actions for enabling Newcastle as a smart and innovative city
  • To review, collate and integrate existing work from a variety of sources that is relevant to Newcastle and the Hunter Region as a smart innovative city
  • To engage with key partners, stakeholders and the general community
  • To identify relationships with existing and upcoming revitalisation and renewal projects.

Project timelines

The Newcastle Smart City Strategy is being developed in five stages:
Stage 1 - Involved extensive consultation with key stakeholders, international research and a comprehensive literature review
Stage 2 - Draft Smart City Strategy was adopted by Council, 23 May 2017
Stage 3 - Draft strategy is on public exhibition from 29 May to Monday 10 July 2017. Feedback will be used to refine the strategy's vision, objectives and actions
Stage 4 - Final Smart City Strategy presented for adoption to Council in August 2017
Stage 5 - Smart City Strategy implementation commences.

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