City of Parramatta wins Smart City Award for FloodSmart

The City of Parramatta has received a Highly Commended Award at the Smart City Gala Awards for FloodSmart, a new service to help residents, business owners and the wider community prepare for, and reduce the impact of flooding during significant weather events.

Winners were announced by the Committee for Sydney’s second annual Smart City Awards at the Sofitel Darling Harbour. The Smart City Awards have been created by the Committee for Sydney in partnership with PAYCE to celebrate projects and partnerships that address the fundamental challenges faced by cities, governments, communities, industry and the ICT sector through the use of efficient design, planning and information and communication technology.

Lord Mayor, Cr. Andrew Wilson said he was proud of the City of Parramatta’s achievement in the category of Best Local Government Initiative. “It is great to see our Council using smart approaches to make our Cities more efficient and people centred. FloodSmart uses live data and technology to help us better understand and plan for flood events and is part of Parramatta’s focus on developing ‘Smart City’ solutions to address our City’s challenges.

“I congratulate the team at Council, the NSW State Emergency Service, Bureau of Meteorology, NSW Office of Environment and Heritage and Sydney Water who have worked hard in a true collaboration to deliver the project, which uses the latest technology to keep the community informed. Flood warnings are based on real-time river levels and rainfall information using the latest Bureau of Meteorology forecasting data, Lord Mayor Cr Andrew Wilson said.

The criteria for the award was: an initiative that delivers a better experience for Council stakeholders including visitors, ratepayers and residents. FloodSmart provides five easy steps for the community to: check their level of flood risk with an interactive map; sign up for free flood warnings; find out what to do before, during and after a flood; provide feedback to Council about flooding; and monitor live river and rainfall gauge levels.