More projects are on the way for Yeppoon town centre.
More projects are on the way for Yeppoon town centre. Christopher Frederick Jones

Yeppoon's town centre takes smart step forward

YEPPOON'S town centre is continuing to step it up with their new eye-catching artwork and murals and soon, will also have some smart technology.

The Yeppoon Town Centre Smart Precinct project includes smart LED street lighting, further access to free WiFi, data capture and analytics, local vendor advertising, smart waste sensors, interactive digital placemaking features, a smart kiosk.

The smart technology is designed to complement the newly constructed Local Disaster Coordination Centre and Community Resilience Hub in Beaman Park.

"This project will encourage the Capricorn Coast region's business and community to embrace Smart- Cities technology in order to advance the local economy, attract investment, increase jobs, build prosperity and improve community lifestyle,” Livingstone Shire Council Mayor Bill Ludwig said.

The project is funded from a $200,000 Smart Cities and Suburbs grant from the Australian Government.

"I must thank the Australian Government for this funding opportunity and our local member Michelle Landry for supporting this innovative project,” Cr Ludwig said.

Deputy Mayor and Digital Economy and Innovation Champion Nigel Hutton said the project would involve key digital enhancements and is set to start construction next year.

"These preliminary design and installation requirements will begin to take shape in the second half of 2018, and are due for completion in the first half of 2019,” Cr Hutton.

Capricornia MP Michelle Landry said the grant would boost the Capricorn Coast's presence on the tourism map even further.

She said it would bring the region up to a standard of other urban centres across Australia.

"The Smart Cities and Suburbs Program provides an opportunity for cities, suburbs and towns become more liveable, productive and sustainable, while allowing urban service delivery to become more efficient and effective,” Ms Landry said.

"I look forward to seeing this project take shape on the Capricorn Coast.”