City of Logan chosen for social media study

Published: 19 June 2018

City of Logan chosen for social media study

The City of Logan is one of only two councils in Australia to be chosen to take part in a ground-breaking study on social media interaction between ratepayers and local government.

The University of Sydney’s School of Architecture, with the support of the Australian Government through the Smart Cities and Suburbs Program, is launching a new research project called Participatory Local Government: Enabling Community Participation for Logan and Canada Bay.

In Logan it will scrutinise social media feedback around the master planning of Cronulla Park and the Yarrabilba development.

The aim of the project is to produce a digital platform that allows local governments to capture and analyse conversations on social media.

Currently there are no easily accessible means for governments and industry to access and conduct analysis of online conversations.

City Image and Innovation Committee Chairperson Councillor Laurie Smith said social media is great way for councils to understand the needs of residents.

“Council takes community consultation regarding planning and development very seriously,” Cr Smith said.

“We already engage effectively with ratepayers through traditional means but with social media we have an opportunity to increase our reach.

“This gives residents another option to have their say on how their city develops and feel included in council decision making.”

The University of Sydney’s Smart Urbanism Labwill use its findings to develop new algorithms and tools to capture the diversity of citizens’ voices.

“We are excited to be partnering with the City of Canada Bay and Logan City Council for this project,” said Dr Tooran Alizadeh Director of Urban Design, University of Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning.

“Forward thinking, engaged local government is vital to ensuring citizens are part of smart urban decision-making processes.”

The $50 million Smart Cities and Suburbs Program is supporting the delivery of innovative smart city projects that improve the liveability, productivity and sustainability of cities and towns across Australia.