Keynote Title: Living Smart at the Urban Edge: A Mayor’s Perspective
Abstract: Deficient infrastructure, limited employment, lack of social services, and poor public transport are challenges of living on the urban edge of Sydney. With development and growth earmarked for her Shire, the Mayor for Wollondilly will highlight how Digital and Smart City technologies can be used in her community as a way to drive economic growth, social inclusion, and provide better services for citizens of Wollondilly.
Wollondilly Shire Council and the community are developing a Smart Shire Strategy that leverages technology to live smart at the urban edge. This presentation is a Mayor’s perspective on why local government should lead this initiative, what we have learned about the “smart” journey, and how it relates to creating GREAT communities.
Mayor, Wollondilly Shire Council, Australia
Mayor for Wollondilly, Judith Hannan, has served as Mayor in 2007 – 2008 and is currently serving again from 2016 until 2018. She has been a member of Council for 12 years and has dedicated her local government career to advocating for the community and working with them to plan for the future.
With a Bachelor in Optometry from the University of NSW, an MBA from the Australian Institute of Business and a National Accreditation in Mediation, Mayor Hannan uses her skills and experience in these fields to help develop solutions to the key challenges faced by Council. With development and growth earmarked for Wollondilly, a major component of her role as Mayor is to advocate for a balanced approach to growth while still maintaining the rural charm and green space of the Shire.
Mayor Hannan believes that Wollondilly Shire’s agricultural landscapes and its proximity to Sydney has the potential to harness and encourage investment in a range of innovative experiences and technologies. The leadership she has shown when advocating for Wilton New Town to be a ‘Great Town’ and her work with the ‘Smart Shire Strategy’ highlight her commitment towards delivering towns that are smart, thriving, healthy and happy.
As the president of the Macarthur Regional Organisation of Council’s (MACROC) and an active member of the Western Sydney City Deals collaboration she is well aware of the potential problems that cities face. She believes that problems like high car dependency, poor health, lower education and high unemployment need to be addressed in the planning stages of development. She has called for all levels of government, all relevant government agencies and key development bodies to take a coordinated approach and combine good urban design with new digital technology to drive economic growth, social inclusion and better services for Wollondilly.
Judy is first and foremost a community member herself and provides valuable insight into what the community needs. She is the example of an ordinary citizen, with a basic understanding of technology, looking for ways that smart technology positively impact on her lifestyle.