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Jennifer James
Service Development Consultant 

Phone: 0419 974 084

The LGNSW Research and Innovation Fund supports new areas of research, policy development and innovation for the advancement of local government in NSW. The intent is to leverage the Fund to stimulate and test new ideas with an evidence-based approach, promote informed discussion and debate, and encourage the development of research capacity in the sector.

2020/2021 Fund

LGNSW is partnering with the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) Climate Resilience and Net Zero Emissions Branch to allocate a total of $50,000 as seed funding for applied research that drives innovation in the transition to net zero emissions.

NSW councils, Regional Organisations of Councils and Joint Organisations are invited to propose applied research projects that will help drive actions to transition to net zero emissions and meet NSW’s emission reduction targets. Projects might address:

  • Net zero emissions in energy generation and use, transport, waste and/or land management, or ideally a combination of these sectors in a coherent strategy. Applied research that includes more than one of these sectors will be considered favourably.
  • Net zero emissions through a place-based approach
  • Overcoming barriers to implementing net zero emissions

Funded projects will develop new knowledge, be aligned with existing strategies to reduce emissions, attract further monetary or in-kind contributions from councils, have broad sector application, preferably involve metropolitan and regional council collaboration and partnership with a university. Projects will need to be completed by December 2021.

Expressions of Interest for projects are open until Friday 20 November 2020 and successful applicants will be announced in mid-December 2020.

To discuss your ideas with LGNSW, email Jennifer James, Service Development Consultant, or call her on 0419 974 084.

2019/2020 Fund Recipients

The LGNSW Board allocated $50,000 to the Research and Innovation Fund in 2019/20. Councils were invited 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 and two projects were selected.

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.

2018/2019 Fund

In 2018/19 the Research and Innovation Fund allocated $50,000 to 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 has produced a guide to promote national uniformity and good practice in the specification and application of material reuse in roads and pavements.

Download the Recycled Materials in Roads and Pavement Guide for Councils and Technical Review.