City’s smart park picks up a gong at the 2020 ANZ Smart Cities Awards

09 December 2020
Wharf Street Basin Next Generation Community Park – the City of Canning’s first smart park – has received a highly commended award in the Future Place category of the 2020 Australia New Zealand (ANZ) Smart Cities Awards.
A pilot project for Western Australia, the multipurpose smart park blends nature with technology, and is equipped with a range of Internet of Things (IoT) sensors to measure, water quality, weather conditions and power use in real time.
The project was recognised by the Smart Cities Awards judging panel for its application of technology and data solutions that benefit the community and environment.
Smart Cities Council’s Executive Director Adam Beck said the third annual Smart Cities Awards was presented virtually this year by Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand.
“This year’s winners have played key roles in the national advancement of smart cities across Australia and New Zealand, while also leading a digitally-enabled and data-driven recovery from COVID-19,” he said.
City of Canning Mayor Patrick Hall said it’s an honour to receive such an accolade that puts Canning’s first smart park on the international stage.  
“Wharf Street Basin competed against 12 other projects from Australia and New Zealand in the Future of Place category. Its design highlights how innovative thinking has been used to retain the stormwater basin’s functionality while also providing a habitat for wildlife, technology to monitor the environment and a new place for the community to enjoy.
“This award is an achievement not only for the City, but also for the Western Australian thought leaders in water research, technology, urban redevelopment and landscape architecture and government agencies we collaborated with to create the smart park,” Mayor Hall said.
Located in Canning’s City Centre, the Next Generation Community Park has free WiFi, smart bins and irrigation, solar power, a small nature playground, an informal education space with a microscope station, a boardwalk along the Wharf Street side of park, colour interchangeable lighting, a 40m art mural and a bridge that connects Wharf Street to Leila Street.

An augmented reality (AR) app, Smart Canning, which lets you be a scientist, play games and learn about stormwater - all while using a mobile device, is available in the park. 
The City of Canning received $1.09 million funding from the Australian Government through the Smart Cities and Suburbs Program; $300,000 from Water Corporation; and $30,000 from Department of Water and Environmental Regulation to turn Water Corporation’s stormwater basin into a public open space.
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