Mayors and Councillors from seven South East Queensland councils explore some of the world’s most advanced technology and public transport systems when they head to Singapore next week for the council of Mayors’ business mission.
The Council of Mayors’ delegation will spend three days in Singapore learning more about the country’s smart technology and understanding how it finances, delivers and operates its world class infrastructure.
Council of Mayors Director and City of Logan Mayor Luke Smith said this mission was an important step towards South East Queensland becoming the world’s first smart region, and looking at new and innovative ways to deliver services and infrastructure to the community.
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“Singapore is an exceptional leader in innovative services and infrastructure and this mission will give the Council of Mayors team an opportunity to learn about the development and application of smart technology to improve civic services. Our discoveries during this delegation will provide invaluable lessons in how we can achieve similar outcomes in SEQ,” Mayor Smith said.
“Logan has already embarked on the planning for a health and education innovation hub at Meadowbrook, so I’ll be taking a particular interest in how Singapore seamlessly integrates its universities and research facilities, infrastructure and recreational space into areas that are productive and people-friendly.”
Mayor Luke Smith also acknowledged Singapore had a lot to offer SEQ in relation to its delivery and management of its state-of-the art public transport systems.
“Singapore has high population density that depends heavily on its efficient public transport systems. The SEQ Mayors look to learn from Singapore’s experiences and use these to better plan how we support our growing communities,” Mayor Smith said.
Councils participating include Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan, Moreton Bay, Redland, Scenic Rim and Toowoomba.