‘This system will be used to improve the quality of sports fields’

Fairfield Council will use funding from the Western Sydney Parkland Sensor Network project to improve smart lighting and irrigation systems at local sports fields.

Council will receive $150,000 on a dollar-for-dollar arrangement from round two of the federal government’s Smart Cities and Suburbs program.

Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone said the aim of the project is to install a network of sensors across the Western Parkland City to collect data that will be used to enable more efficient use of lighting and irrigation in public areas and for the reduction of congestion.

The funding was put forward by the eight councils representing the Western Sydney City Deal –  Fairfield, Blue Mountains, Camden, Campbelltown, Hawkesbury, Liverpool, Penrith and Wollondilly –who will share $700,000 of funding for the venture.

“This system will be used to improve the quality of sports fields for our community,” mayor Carbone said.

“Smart sensors can be used determine how much watering a field needs, and when lighting is required.

“Every week, tens of thousands of our residents use local sporting fields for personal and organised physical activity. This council supports our residents in maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle and enjoying time with family and friends in sporting pursuits.

“This is a great result from the collaboration between the eight Western Sydney City Deal councils and I look forward to further positive outcomes for our residents.” 

The fields will be chosen based on which grounds will benefit the most from the upgrades and are in greatest need of renewal.