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Australia and New Zealand launch smart city code

The Code for Smart Communities has been built from the ground up and defines a smart community in a way that can be practically applied

Sydney Olympic Park is one of the lighthouse projects for the code
Sydney Olympic Park is one of the lighthouse projects for the code

The Smart Cities Council and Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) have published a new benchmark for urban development practices across greenfield communities, urban regeneration precincts and diverse institutional campuses.


The Code for Smart Communities applies to the areas of telecommunications connectivity, data insights, digital planning practices and innovation districts.


Deep stakeholder engagement


“[The release of the code is an] important milestone after deep engagement with the development industry, technology companies, city shapers and all tiers of government,” said Adam Beck, executive director for Smart Cities Council in Australia and New Zealand.


“This is the first time a smart community has been defined in a way that can be practically applied. We went back to principles to build this code from the ground up.”


Two lighthouse projects will be the first to embrace the principles within the code which are:

Yarrabilba, a Lendlease community in Queensland, set to be home to more than 40,000 residents;

Sydney Olympic Park planned to grow into a 23,000-person community creating more than 30,000 jobs.

"We went back to principles to build this code from the ground up”

As the project’s lead partner, construction, property and infrastructure company, Lendlease, said it supported the development and testing of the code to drive best practice in the industry and to better respond to its customer needs.


“Our customers are expecting more seamless connectivity in all aspects of their lives from high-speed broadband at home to free wi-fi in the park. Our smart community flagship, Yarrabilba, has provided us with a platform to test and evolve a range of technologies to optimise people’s lives to create healthier, safer and more sustainable communities,” continued Matt Wallace, managing director of Lendlease’s Communities business


“We look forward to working closely with Smart Cities Council to test the code at Yarrabilba and provide feedback to enhance its development.”


“This work will provide us with the opportunity to ensure smart cities principles are embedded in Green Star as the rating system evolves to meet industry and global trends, and continues to deliver environmental efficiencies, productivity gains and health and wellbeing outcomes in our buildings and communities,” added Romilly Madew, chief executive officer, GBCA.


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