Conference 1 of Smart Cities 2021

Keynote Session:

The future of smart cities and communities

The Smart Cities Keynote Session explored the future outlook for Australian cities and communities, as we continue to move forward in a COVID-safe , COVID-normal world.

During this session, we looked at some of the broader Federal and State government initiatives and programs in place to propel the development of smarter communities.

We also featured presentations from leaders within local governments around Australia sharing some of the cutting-edge programs and developments they are employing to make their cities smarter, safer and better places to play, work and live.

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Conference Program

1:00pm: Laura Harvey, Managing Editor, Monkey Media

Welcome remarks

1:05pm: Australian Smart Communities Association President

ASCA Welcome

1:10pm: Keynote Speaker - Victor Dominello, NSW Customer Service Minister

NSW's Smart Places Strategy and Smart Cities Activation Fund

1:40pm: Simon Hunter, Executive Director, NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment

2:15pm: PANEL - Smart cities and communities in action

Nathaniel Mason, Business Solutions Team Leader, Tea Tree Gully Council Smart cities and communities in action

John Hawke, Smart Cities Project Manager, City of PerthCatherine Hill, City of Melbourne

Robert Matchett, CEO, ENE.HUB

Catherine Hill, Digital Urban Infrastructure Program Lead, City of Melbourne

Moderator - Laura Baker, Head of Smart City and Innovation, City of Casey

3:00pm: Joanne Carmichael, Sub Regional Lead for Advisory, Planning and Design NSW and ACT, ARUP

The human side of smart

3:30pm: Mark Bowden, Stakeholder Engagement Manager, Standards Australia

The role of standards in smart cities and communities

4:00pm: Close of conference

Meet The Speakers

Victor Dominello - Minister for Customer Service, NSW Government

Victor Dominello is a Senior Minister in the New South Wales Government. He has held various portfolios over the last decade including Aboriginal Affairs, Innovation and Finance.

In 2019, he was appointed the inaugural Minister for Customer Service, with a key focus on digital transformation.

Victor firmly believes that the use of real-time data and technology are the most powerful ways to improve quality of life and reduce suffering.

Victor is a member of the crisis cabinet that has led the NSW response to COVID-19. He has had a particular focus on delivering digital solutions such as the Service NSW check in feature and real time data analysis to inform the state’s response.

During his time in the portfolio, Victor has been the driving force behind the roll out of the Digital Driver Licence, the establishment of the $1.6 billion Digital Restart Fund, and the rapid expansion of Service NSW app, including the introduction of new functionality such as QR code check in’s and notification of COVID-19 test results.


Robert Matchett - Co-CEO, ENE.HUB

Robert Matchett is an Industrial Designer, founder and Co-CEO of ENE.HUB. Robert has more than 25 years' experience in the Design and Delivery of Smart City Infrastructure. He is responsible for delivering outcomes for Cities that balances the commercial, technological and infrastructure requirements of our increasingly complex urban environments.

Robert has overseen the delivery of a range of public realm projects with a strong focus on Smart Cities. His attention to detail, intent on achieving timelessness and embracing of innovative solutions has contributed to award winning results for a wide range of his clients. 


Nathaniel Mason - Team Leader Business Solutions, City of Tea Tree Gully Council

Nathaniel joined Local Government from an IT career foundation in systems integration and IT consulting. In IT Solutions at the City of Tea Tree Gully, Nathaniel and the Business Solutions team are responsible for IT projects, strategy and information management. Their aim is to orchestrate the chaos of technology and business into effective strategies, projects and collaborative outcomes for Local Government professionals and communities. Over the past couple of years, this has included deployment of Things Network gateways and integration of IoT solutions. Nathaniel is secretary of Local Government Information Technology Association of South Australia, and has been a Civic Innovation Task Force team member with the Smart Cities Council of Australia and New Zealand.


Simon Hunter - Executive Director, Strategy and Planning, Infrastructure NSW

Currently working as Executive Director, Strategy and Planning at Infrastructure NSW, Simon leads the development of the NSW Government’s Smart Cities Strategy. Simon has spent more than 15 years working in the NSW government and consulting to government and industry.

Simon has an Executive Masters in Public Administration from the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) and a BA/LLB. He has worked closely with the executive levels of the NSW and Australian governments as well as with local councils throughout his career.

In the NSW Government, Simon has worked in central agencies and been a leader in government strategic planning within Infrastructure NSW and Transport for NSW. Prior to re-joining the NSW Government in 2010 he was an Associate with Booz & Co. He has worked on major reforms including the establishment of Transport for NSW, the development of integrated electronic ticketing for public transport, acted as a sponsor for major projects and funding programs and has either led, or played senior roles in, the development of significant long term strategic plans including the 2018 State Infrastructure Strategy, Future Transport 2056, the 2013/14 Regional Transport Plans, and the 2012 NSW Long Term Transport Master Plan.