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New hubs help Georges River residents to chill out

20/02/2020

MEDIA RELEASE
 
The Hon Alan Tudge MP, Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure WANTIRNA SOUTH, VICTORIA
   
Georges River residents in Sydney’s south will now be able to escape the heat and recharge both body and phone at a range of ChillOUT Hubs.
 
Federal Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge said the new hubs were designed to be smart, outdoor spaces where people can connect socially and professionally, while making the best use of today’s technology.
 
“The ChillOUT Hubs are installed with internet connected devices and sensors, with a team of industrial designers, architects and urban planners behind them to ensure residents can take the full advantage of these new spaces,” Mr Tudge said.
 
Federal Member for Banks David Coleman, said community feedback had helped design of the ChillOUT spaces, which were also installed in Mortdale Town Centre and Timothy Reserve in Hurstville.
 
“These open-air community spaces have been tailored to local needs and with a user-friendly design to help people make the best use of each hub,” Mr Coleman said.
 
“These bespoke hubs will improve the lifestyle of residents and enhance visitor experiences, using smart furniture, solar power, charging points and even environmental sensors to adjust the climate control.”
 
Mayor of Georges River Kevin Greene said each hub had incorporated smart technology, making it possible to capture data on the number of users to each ChillOUT location, as well as the microclimate surrounding them through the use of environmental sensors.
 
“Additionally, there are smart drinking fountains, free Wi-Fi, device charging and smart bins. These spaces will provide shade, accessible features and increase positive social interaction for our community members,” Cr Greene said.
 
“We are grateful to the University of New South Wales and Street Furniture Australia for collaborating with us on this project, and we look forward to working with them on similar innovative public space projects in the future.”
 
The $879,338 project was funded by the Australian Government ($380,507) under the Smart Cities and Suburbs Program, as well as Georges River Council ($228, 750), the University of New South Wales ($151,081) and Street Furniture Australia Pty Ltd ($119,000).
 
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Media Contact:
Mr Tudge – Michael Bennett 0434 782 923
Mr Coleman – Electorate Office (02) 9771 3400
Cr Greene – Nina Schneider 0459 869 555
 
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