Australian cities among world’s smartest

Three Australian cities in South Australia and Queensland have been named among the world’s 21 smartest communities by the Intelligent Community Forum, a think tank.

South Australia’s City of Adelaide and City of Prospect, and the Queensland’s Sunshine Coast Council featured alongside cities and counties from nine countries.

The cities applied six factors such as broadband, workforce development and sustainability, which the Forum said improves local economies and communities’ social health and cultural richness.

The 21 cities will be narrowed to seven in early 2020, with the winner to be announced in June 2020.

The three Australian cities and others have featured in the list in previous years, which forum co-founder Lou Zacharilla said showed they were “willing to make the investments in time required to ensure that the next several generations stay ‘home’ and thrive.”