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Jennifer James
Service Development Consultant 

Phone: 02 9242 4085

The aim of the LGNSW Research and Innovation Fund is to support new areas of research, policy development and innovation for the advancement of local government in NSW. Its purpose is to fill gaps in the evidence base, explore emerging issues, promote informed discussion and debate, and encourage the development of research capacity within the sector./p>

2019/2020 Fund Recipients
The LGNSW Board allocated $50,000 to the Research and Innovation Fund in 2019/20. Councils were invited in August 2019 to propose research projects that had broad sector application and could attract university and other research partners. Fifteen (15) Expressions of Interest were received from Joint Organisations and metropolitan and regional councils.

An Advisory Committee assessed these proposals, three projects were short-listed and all councils were invited to express their interest in collaborating as an industry partner.

Following this consultation, two projects were selected by the Committee for funding:

Move my Way – Giving the community real-time data to make better informed transport choices Willoughby City Council
The project will use the Chatswood central business district as a living laboratory, deploying sensors to collect new data as well as collating existing data held by government, industry and the community. A local transport data community will be developed, with appropriate privacy and sharing policies to protect the rights of participants and the community.

Developing a Maximum Benefit Framework for Urban Greening – Central Coast Council
The project will develop a maximum benefit matrix for selecting the most suitable trees and shrubs to plant through urban greening projects. This relates to effective place-based planning based on leaf flammability, drought resistance, community acceptance and biodiversity benefits.

Other Projects Supported by the Fund
In 2018/19 the Research and Innovation Fund allocated $50,000 to the conduct of sector-wide research on the introduction of recycled materials in roads and pavements. Conducted by the Waste Transformation Research Hub at the University of Sydney, this research will produce a guide to promote national uniformity and good practice in the specification and application of material reuse in roads and pavements.

The guide will be released in August 2020.