Coordinator Smart City Framework, Sunshine Coast Council
About Michael Whereat
Michael has led the development of the Sunshine Coast Smart City Framework and now oversees the implementation of the current three-year Smart City Implementation Program.
He works with a small team across the Sunshine Coast Council using a matrix organisational structure to implement the six foundation systems and 13 individual solution areas.
Highlights of Smart City achievements in the last 12 months include:
- The first South-East Queensland demonstration of a driverless bus in Mooloolaba in December 2017
- In 2017, Bulcock Street Caloundra was Australia’s first Smart City urban streetscape demonstration and testing facility which serves as a plug and play testing environment for the Living Lab and uses council’s own carrier licence to light the optic fibre network installed there
- The Sunshine Coast Solar Farm went live in July 2017 and feeds electricity into the power grid, making Sunshine Coast Council the first local government in Australia to offset 100% of its electricity consumption with energy from a renewable source
- The new Maroochydore City Centre is a ground-breaking development which will be embedded with smart technology throughout, creating a cleaner, greener, dynamic city centre that’s not only desirable and liveable; it will have a transformative impact on the regional and State economy
- Australia’s first, high-tech, underground automated waste collection system for a city centre is also being installed in the new Maroochydore City Centre
- In December 2017, Sunshine Coast Council called for expressions of interest from the private sector to build a $1 billion undersea communications cable into the Sunshine Coast
- Opened in May 2016, the Smart Centre showcases examples of Smart City technology at work. Technologies currently evaluated range from a concierge robot to interactive digital kiosk screens, CCTV location analytics solutions and LoRaWan and Sigfox networks and sensors.
Michael was also President of the Australian Smart Communities Association, a volunteer role he held from 2011-2017.