A Smart City is one that uses technology, data and innovation to enhance liveability, prosperity and sustainability for their community. This include things such as, free public Wi-Fi, smart parking sensors, air quality sensors, digital kiosks, traffic counters, smart lighting and more to help make cities more liveable and provide useful data that helps make informed decisions.

Smart Cities are innovative in their use of digital solutions to manage services and infrastructure effectively, improve the wellbeing of the community and the environment, and to create vibrant local economies.

Since we last engaged with you in 2021, we have taken on board your feedback and developed a Draft Strategic Framework to provide a coordinated and clear vision for smart city activity within our City going forward.

The 'A Smart City for Smart Communities' draft Smart City Strategic Framework will enable Council to build on the strong foundations set by current and past smart city projects.

Engagement update:

The latest community conversation has now closed. We are reviewing what you told us and will provide a report back to Council shortly.

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In 2021, we had an initial conversation with you to support the development of a draft Smart Cities Strategic Framework. This included workshops and a public survey.

Of those who filled in the survey:

  • 62% were at least moderately familiar with the concepts of smart cities and smart technology.
  • Though only 38% were aware of existing smart city projects, initiatives and activities in Maribyrnong.
  • 50% were aware of expanded free public Wi-Fi in Footscray (the highest initiative in terms of awareness). This was followed by pedestrian, cyclist and vehicle counting technology (38% )
  • Almost half (46%) believe Maribyrnong should be a leader and explore cutting-edge smart technology.
  • The top objective and aspiration identified by respondents was data-driven planning.
  • Transport, mobility and parking; and asset management provided potential for the most improvement through the use of smart technology.
  • Public buy-in and perceptions of value were top barriers to Maribyrnong becoming a smart city.

What the Draft Says

Community First

We will focus first and foremost on achieving community benefit, then on realising technology-based solutions. Smart initiatives will be convenient, simple and inclusive. We will empower our community by encouraging participation and growing digital capacity.


Smart city design and delivery will be grounded in community consultation and collaborative development. Shared action will drive buy-in and community ownership of smart initiatives. Partnerships with other smart organisations will increase reach and lead to further success.


Curiosity, optimism, and innovation will drive transformation. Dynamic and creative thinking will support new ideas that are more efficient and effective. The City of Maribyrnong will develop skills and processes to apply innovation and smart thinking to all facets of our City.

Outcome Driven Planning

Our smart city approach will consider community-led outcomes, rather than technology for its own sake. We will deliver project, programs and policies that meet the needs and objectives of our community.

Transparent & Accountable

Council will remain transparent, open and accountable. Key decisions will be developed in collaboration and based on data-driven outcomes. Open data and clear performance metrics and targets will ensure Council's progress is assessable by the community.


The City of Maribyrnong is a place for people of all cultures, backgrounds and abilities. No one will be left behind by smart cities as inclusivity, accessibility and equity is built into smart initiatives and projects.


We will use smart technology to improve environmental protection and resource management. The City of Maribyrnong will be future ready, implementing sustainable planning that accounts for city growth and invests in long-term solutions.

Council has delivered and been involved in a range of Smart City related projects. This includes:

  • Smart City for Social Cohesion Project
  • Quarry Park Mountain Boke Trail - Smart Counter
  • Bike Path Network - Smart Counters
  • MARIality App
  • Footscray Free Public WI-FI
  • Smart Parking Sensors.

For more information please visit: https://www.maribyrnong.vic.gov.au/Community/A-Smart-City-for-Smart-Communities/Smart-City-Projects


Smart City Features

Smart City Features

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