Mar 12, 2010

Australian Government Smart Infrastucture Awards

Australian Government Smart Infrastucture Awards

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

March 12 2010

Nominations are now open for the inaugural Australian Smart Infrastructure Awards for innovative, technology-driven solutions to infrastructure bottlenecks and urban congestion.

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese announced the new annual awards at the ThinkSmart 2010 conference held today in Parliament House as part of the House of Representatives Committee Inquiry into Smart Infrastructure.

The awards will recognise project excellence in design, delivery, and use of infrastructure in any of Infrastructure Australia’s national priority areas, including the rail freight, water and urban development:

  • The Australian Smart Infrastructure Project Award will go to an innovative technology based project.
  • The Australian Smart Infrastructure Research Award will provide a $25,000 grant for an innovative proposal supporting excellence in smart infrastructure research and development.

Access Economics estimated the use of smart infrastructure across electricity, irrigation, health, broadband, communications and transport would increase our national income by up to $80 billion over the first 10 years, adding 70,000 jobs to the economy.

Smart Infrastructure is an increasing feature of our nation’s infrastructure. Examples of smart infrastructure include the Rudd Labor Government’s investments in:

  • Advanced technologies on Perth’s Kwinana Freeway will mean a safer road and integrated road and transport systems – giving WA road users real time traffic information and freight vehicles priority access (around $75 million).
  • The Smart Grid, Smart City project, which trials advanced grid technologies for Australian homes and businesses – making the grid more reliable and efficient, and reducing energy loss and greenhouse emissions ($100 million).

Applications are open until Friday 14 May 2010.