The City of Casey is one of the fastest growing regions in Australia, working towards creating Australia's most liveable city. The City of Whittlesea is located 20 kilometres north of Melbourne's CBD with more than 220,000 residents calling our municipality home. The City of Ballarat municipality covers an area of 740 square kilometres with a population of 105,328 in 2017.
Local government faces increasingly demanding and complex community expectations, with limited resources and competing demands, it’s critical that councils find new ways to deliver services. Three leading Victorian councils (City of Casey, City of Ballarat and City of Whittlesea) identified the following focus areas:
1. Transport - We are striving to create compact neighbourhoods within our communities. A compact neighbourhood is one where residents have the ability to meet most of their everyday needs within a short time frame from their home. We are looking to improve community traffic and transport to enable all residents to have their everyday needs met within a short time frame.
2. Waste - In the most recent Australian National Waste Report, it was found that Australia generates more waste and also recycles less than the average country (when compared with a selection of other developed economies). In 2016-17 Australia generated an estimated 67 million tonnes of waste, which is equivalent to 2.7 tonnes of waste per person.
3. Health and Wellbeing - Now more than ever, Councils are placing an importance on healthy eating, regular exercise and mental wellbeing of residents. Many families within our communities are struggling to maintain a healthy lifestyle, especially given the ease of access to unhealthy food options and limited motivation to exercise. We are looking to create supportive environments for healthy choices.
City of Ballarat, City of Casey, City of Whittlesea and Collective Campus have come together to create opportunities for Startups and Scaleups to solve challenges within the community.
The ‘Springboard’ program offer innovators and entrepreneurs from not only Australia but all over the world, the chance to share their innovative solutions to address high priority community challenges.
The councils are offering successful startups and scaleups the opportunity to share their ideas, develop proof-of-concepts and work directly with local government.
The 'Springboard' program has received over 150 applications to date form startups and scaleups all over the world. Following the application process, there will be apitch event for shortlisted companies in Melbourne.
Solutions may include, but would not be limited to, data analytics, machine learning, and AI, social impact platforms, last-mile transportation, and sustainable food options.