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Michael Whereat

Coordinator Smart City Framework, Sunshine Coast Council
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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.

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