Jackie Trad
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Uber, solar and smart cities on Deputy Premier's talk list

DEPUTY Premier Jackie Trad has revealed how Caloundra South will become one of Queensland's first master planned "smart" communities utilising modern technology to make life easier.

Speaking at the inaugural Australian Smart Communities Association Inaugural Summit, being held at the Caloundra Events Centre, Ms Trad detailed the innovations coming soon.

She said the State Government had been working closely with developer Stockland to deliver the latest improvements.

The entire Caloundra South development would be NBN connected from "day one" and wireless connectivity would be available in all its major parks.

Six "hubs" would be created to leverage from smart technology, including lighting features which would look to a "50% reduction in energy".

The government aimed to make further enhancements from solar power by connecting solar batteries within smart communities to ensure appropriate usage.

A pilot project testing this viability was already underway.

While the State Government was still investigating controversial drive-sharing company Uber, Ms Trad said the advancements couldn't be ignored.

"When planning for future communities, we cannot shy away from new infrastructure possibilities," she said.

"We have to include digital infrastructure into our agenda."

The summit continues for today.



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