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Reference group developed for cities policy


Wednesday, 19 April, 2017


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A Cities Reference Group has been established to advise the federal government on cities policy.

The group includes leading thinkers on issues pertaining to cities in Australia, as well as international experts.

“Our cities agenda is all about positioning our cities to be the best they can be in the future,” said Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation Angus Taylor.

“I’m looking forward to working with the Reference Group as we continue to refine our cities policy, foster new ideas for innovation and collaboration, and shape the way we measure performance of our cities.”

Establishment of the Cities Reference Group builds on the work already undertaken with other governments, industry and experts to deliver on the government’s Smart Cities Plan.

The Smart Cities Plan, released in 2016, sets out a vision for Australia’s cities based on smart policy, smart investment and smart technology.

It aims to position Australian cities to succeed in the 21st-century economy and supports productive, accessible, livable cities that attract talent, create jobs and encourage innovation and growth.

Terms of reference and membership for the Cities Reference Group can be found here.

The first meeting is scheduled for 26 April.

Further information on the Smart Cities Plan is available at the Smart Cities website.

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