Driving digital innovation with local school

Goulburn Mulwaree Council and Trinity Catholic College have struck up a collaborative effort to drive digital innovation as part of the Smart City Action Plan.Students in Information Software Technology (IST) classes at Trinity have been getting involved in the ‘digital democracy’ consultation process through the Your Say Goulburn portal, which houses a survey, discussion forums and more.

Some of the ideas already suggested by students through the survey include an internet café or tech based space where youth can meet, increasing public Wi-Fi to include parks and playground areas, and the use of intelligent parking systems to show occupied and unoccupied spaces.

Trinity Catholic College’s Acting Principal Tanya Appleby said the survey was a great opportunity for Goulburn’s youth to have their say on the area’s future technology investment.

“Technology has become an integral part of our everyday lives, and this will only increase as we move into the future,” Mrs Appleby said.

“This Smart Cities Action Plan survey is an excellent chance for the youth of today, who will become our leaders of tomorrow, to provide some direction on where they would like to see Council invest responsibly in technologies. I would like to thank Goulburn Mulwaree Council for this opportunity, and I will be encouraging members of the Trinity community to take part.”

Mayor Bob Kirk said he was excited to see what ideas the youth of Goulburn come up with.

“The Smart City Action Plan is being undertaken to find ways to solve everyday problems with digital technology,” Cr Kirk said.

“Kids are tuned into technology throughout their lives every day, and we expect they will have some of the biggest, brightest ideas, which we can filter into this plan.”

Harrison Seeley, in Year 10 at Trinity Catholic College, said he thought the survey was a “very effective way of getting feedback from the youth of Goulburn”.

“The survey was easy to understand, but it still had very relevant and important questions to get feedback on,” Harrison said. His IST classmate Chris Doherty agreed, but said he would like to see further investment in mobile technologies.

“In terms of technology I don’t think they (Council) need to make any sudden changes but if there was one thing I would say for them to invest in, it is a mobile app. I know they already have one but maybe they could expand on it a bit more,” Chris said.

As part of the consultation period Council is holding a Smart City Community Roundtable to discuss and shape this plan. The public meeting will be held next Thursday 6th April from 6pm at the Council Chambers.

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