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Melrose Park: Smart Planning for Climate Responsive Neighbourhoods

Smart Cities and Suburbs Program

Council was successful in receiving a Federal Grant for the Melrose Park: Smart Planning for Climate Responsive Neighbourhoods project, through the Australian Government under the Smart Cities and Suburbs Program.

The Melrose Park site offers the unique opportunity to engage smart technology to monitor the environment before, during and after construction, which will be occurring over the next 10 years.

The project is using smart technologies to capture, analyse and visualise local environmental data.

Approximately 70 environmental sensing devices have been installed within the site and surrounding residential streets to monitor environmental conditions including urban heat, air quality, noise and stormwater. A buoy has also been installed in Ermington Bay to monitor river water quality.

Melrose Park is a demonstration site for sensor-integrated site management, to measure current development planning and regulatory practices, supported by real-time, continuous, distributed, localised data. 

The data collected and the lessons learnt from this project is being produced in a Blueprint for Climate Responsive Neighbourhoods, that can be applied at other sites in other locations.

The project is being run with a number of project partners including the University of Technology Sydney and PAYCE.