Perth as a Smart City of the Future

In October 2018, the Committee for Perth released Bigger & Better Beyond the Boom: Perth’s Pathway to Prosperity to shape Greater Perth’s economic future.

A key recommendation of the report is to ‘implement “smart city” initiatives for infrastructure efficiency, improved liveability and urban competitiveness’. Central to taking action is to investigate smart city implementations from elsewhere, along with engaging with innovative industries and research institutions locally to prepare a ‘smart city’ plan for Greater Perth.

In order to inform discussion the following presentations were made:
• Shell Scenarios by Catherine Ellis, Country Transition Manager, Energy Transitions Programme, Shell
• Bigger & Better Beyond the Boom Scenarios by Marion Fulker, CEO, Committee for Perth
• Smart City Strategies Presentation by Daniel High, Manager Economic Development, City of Perth

Afterwards, attendees were split into groups and asked to workshop what needed to be done to shape the future of Perth with respect to specific sectors including Energy; Mobility; Environment and Water; and Urban Planning.

Participants were asked:
• What should the future look like for Perth in 2030/2040 as a city of 3.5 million people?
• What steps need to be taken now to get to that future?
• What are the barriers to achieving a sustainable and prosperous future for Perth?

This report contains the collective output of critical deliberations in order for Perth to be a smart city, organised by topic of discussion.

Acknowledgement of Country

The Committee For Perth acknowledges the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community. We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.