Sunshine Coast the nation’s leader in smart cities

Talk about smart business innovation and entrepreneurship: the Sunshine Coast has won top prize at the inaugural Australian Smart Cities Awards.
The awards, held in Sydney as part of the Australia’s recent first Smart Cities Week, recognised the Coast as the nation’s leader in smart cities.
Sunshine Coast Council won the coveted Leadership City category for its commitment to smart cities through its “Smart City Implementation Plan – not rhetoric”; the ‘Regional Leadership Award’ for the 15-megawatt Sunshine Coast Solar Farm; and Council’s Smart City Coordinator Michael Whereat also took out the ‘Smart Cities Leader – Government’. Council’s Smart Region Management Platform also won a highly commended award. In 2015, Council launched the Smart City Framework to help create a smart and digitally connected Maroochydore City Centre.
The Sunshine Coast was also recently named one of the Smart 21 communities of the world (2019) for the fifth time in the last six years.
To find out more about the Australian Smart Cities Awards, visit

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