City signs MOU with Smart City and Community Coalition

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The City of Greater Bendigo will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Global Smart City and Community Coalition to research, develop and evaluate solutions to problems impacting the quality of life of local residents and those people living in other Coaltion cities and communities.

The purpose of the MoU is to coordinate communication to ensure learning is shared and there is fast identification and implementation of solutions to problems.

Mayor Cr Margaret O’Rourke said Greater Bendigo was the perfect test environment for innovation.

“There is much to be gained from working with like-minded cities and communities that are equally committed to improving the lives of residents,” Cr O’Rourke said.

“Increasingly, cities are asked to address global problems at a local level. A problem shared is a problem halved and this is a great opportunity to learn from and collaborate with each other.”

Global Smart City and Community Coalition Chair Bram Reinders said the MoU showcased Greater Bendigo and the wider region as a vibrant, innovative and sustainable community.

“The MoU outlines how local people will identify the challenges Bendigo faces and the Coalition will identify innovative projects in other member countries that might help address the problems,” Mr Reinders said.

“The MoU places Greater Bendigo alongside cities like Chicago, Austin and Charlotte in the United States, Genoa in Italy, and Rotterdam, Eindhoven, Amsterdam and The Hague in the Netherlands.

“Despite the vast distance between the member countries, we are living in a very connected, forward-thinking global community that can benefit from information sharing. It is every country’s shared goal to improve the lives of their residents and this can be achieved by everyone working together.”

The Global Smart City and Community Coalition is a non-profit organisation that serves its member countries and is financed and operated by cities, supported by governments, universities and businesses.

The MoU does not commit either party to any funds. If funding is required, then one party would pursue funding with the support of the other.

Any commitment of City funds would require Council approval.

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