EU – Australia


Katowice – Hobart

Energy Efficiency and Climate Awareness:

  • Increasing the presence of electric vehicle in modal transport in Hobart and Katowice
  • Engaging communities across Hobart and Katowice to effect sustainable urban development that is energy efficient and climate aware and active
  • Increase energy efficiency by knowledge transfer and shared experience
  • Ensuring access and opportunity for energy efficiency across all sectors of community
  • Actively sharing climate knowledge, awareness and experience from research to community

Start-ups and clusters:

  • Through shared experience knowledge and cooperation expansion create the opportunity for clusters and start ups
  • Exploration of cloud sourced equity funding
  • Virtual experience to expand exposure of start-ups and clusters between the Northern and Southern Hemispheres

Governance for big and small:

  • Comparative analysis of governance arrangements and experience that facilitate engagement with and participation by communities

Creativity and music:

  • Sharing of knowledge and experience to foster musical creativity and opportunities for engagement across all ages
  • Interactive technologies for the transference of creativity and musical experience
  • Virtual creative and musical study tour
  • Artist exchange hosted through MONA mentoring and fostering virtual and physical performance


Prague – Canberra

  • Innovation: The Canberra Innovation Network (CIN) would deliver a “start ups and accelerator” workshop in the innovation hub in Prague in September 2017.
  • A Czech innovator or program leader (preferably from the EU Space Agency innovation centre) will be invited to deliver a talk or workshop via webcam to a gathering at Canberra’s University of New South Wales. We anticipate up to 200 people gathering in Canberra for that event
  • Develop an exchange program – where each city would offer a ‘scholarship’-type grant to an innovator/entrepreneur to travel to the other city for up to one month to progress one of their commercial ideas. This could be anything from continued development in partnership…through to chasing actual deals. Participants could be chosen through a ‘pitch panel’ similar to the process entrepreneurs go through for attracting angel capital investment.

Manchester – Adelaide

  • Smart City: Cooperation within Adelaide’s Cisco Lighthouse Program (Smart Lighting)
  • Cooperation within the EU programmes Triangulum (H2020) and Smart Impact (URBACT)
  • Innovation: Exploring exchange of innovative urban apps developers from Tonsley – Australia’s First Innovation District – and Manchester’s CityVerve
  • Climate Change: Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living and Climate KIC

Hamburg – Melbourne

Main areas:

  • Planning, data and smart: how to use data to support better urban development, planning processes and decision making (Melbourne provided first draft ideas)
  • Digital community interface and living labs: how we can use these to test ideas, make information about places accessible to community and support community engagement and participation? (Hamburg to provide first draft ideas)
  • Governance arrangements for projects with multiple stakeholders. (Universities interest)

Planning, data and smart:

  • City of Melbourne strives to strategically use (and share) data to support and inform quality outcomes in planning for our growing city. Resilience and quality outcomes are enhanced when there is integrated thinking, planning and systems across sectors and levels of government.
  • There is potential to improve data collection, access and analysis to meet the needs of our community and our city.  Visualisation tools that allow us to communicate where our city has been, where it currently is and what it could be would enable us to tell a potentially complex story in a simple way.
  • Cooperation areas:
    • Customer first, Digital first – Identify customers (e.g. community, developers, levels of government, internal CoM departments, universities etc.) of the data and what their individual needs are
    • Strategy, policy and potentially planning controls linked to up to date data platforms and/or sources
    • Provide a strong evidence base for decision making – enhance our influence and justification
    • Ensuring data is reliable, accessible, current – but automate – be smart about the collection – real time data collection
    • Using the right systems for the job, systems that talk to one another
    • Make the most of predictive tools, scenario settings and analysis
    • Visualisation that allows people to see how planning decisions will impact their lived experience of the city – visualise with community
    • Inform and direct private sector partners
    • Visualise all council assets, works, planning and built form controls
    • Relevant initiatives
      • Land Use Infrastructure Planning
      • Census of Land Use and Employment (CLUE)
      • Smart Planning
      • Open Data
      • 3D DAM
      • Sensors
  • Expected outcomes:
    • Exchange information about strategies, policies, tools used by both cities
    • Explore opportunities for joint research / projects where there are common challenges or gaps
    • Explore opportunities for joint ventures for developing smart city apps
    • Involve Melbourne in further relevant EU programmes coordinated by the City of Hamburg (H2020, URBACT, etc.)