The region is set to get water smart, thanks to the federal government funding the Illawarra-Shoalhaven Smart Water Management Project, which will instal data sensors to provide real-time information on flood risks during extreme weather events.

Regional Development Australia (RDA) Illawarra welcomes the announcement yesterday from the Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population, Alan Tudge, who approved over $400,000 towards the Illawarra’s Smart Water Project under Round Two of the Smart Cities and Suburbs Program.

“The Smart Water project will bolster resilience in our region and enable more effective emergency and environmental management systems and responses” said Debra Murphy, CEO of RDA Illawarra.

“This project will deliver innovative technological Smart Water solutions for the region and is supported by the Wollongong, Shellharbour, Kiama and Shoalhaven Councils, along with the University of Wollongong, SMART Infrastructure Facility and private sector.”

“The project is one of the lighthouse projects of our Illawarra-Shoalhaven Smart Regions Strategy, which was developed in collaboration with the Illawarra-Shoalhaven Joint Organisation (ISJO), regional Councils and RDA Illawarra.”

“RDA Illawarra is working with regional stakeholders to implement our Smart Regions Strategy, so that we can continue to live up to our metropolitan city tagline, Wollongong, City of Innovation” said Murphy.