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Swan mayor David Lucas, Kalamunda deputy mayor Brooke O’Donnell, Chamber president Mike Matich, Mundaring president James Martin and Joondalup mayor Albert Jacob.

Leaders discuss ‘smart cities’

By Claire Ottaviano

ATTENDEES to the final Swan Chamber of Commerce Disruptive Leadership Series for 2021 got an exclusive glimpse into a very green possible future for Midland.

The video, featuring a futuristic vision of a town centre dominated by green spaces and a cable car from Midland to the Swan Valley, was created for the business breakfast series’ theme ‘Redefining Smart Cities’.

The breakfast brought together local government leaders – City of Swan mayor David Lucas, City of Kalamunda deputy mayor Brooke O’Donnell, Shire of Mundaring president James Martin and City of Joondalup mayor Albert Jacob – to answer the question, ‘what does a smart, thriving city look like?’

Cr Martin said smart cities were about finding efficiencies.

“Smart cities is about adopting frameworks, particularly around technology, to be more efficient whether that’s across governance, transport, environment or social outcomes, we’re always looking for better efficiencies.”

Cr Brooke O’Donnell added that while it was important to progress technologically, the vulnerable should not be left behind in the pursuit of advancement.

“It’s about making sure we recognise there are vulnerable people in our city and the progress we make is not done at a disadvantage to them,” she said.

“In the opportunities that we have to connect things like our libraries and technologies, that we make sure people who are homeless, in aged care or unemployed are able to access communities and services in their area.”

Swan representing panel member Cr Lucas said smart cities could only promote economic growth when the outcome was beneficial for both the community and environment.

The chamber is currently undergoing a renewal to recapture the vision of its founders more than 53 years ago.

For future events or to join the chamber visit www.swanchamber.org.au

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  1. The Helena River Alliance is pleased to note Mayor Lucus’ commitment to green spaces, community and the environment. This offers us hope for a better outcome for the Midland flooded gum forest, Helena river wetlands, billabongs, turtles and aboriginal cultural heritage.

  2. Don’t do a half baked job on the cable car.

    Think long term and broader benefits, start it in Fremantle for when the cruises kick off again.

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