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Jennifer James
Service Development Consultant 

Phone: 0419 974 084
jennifer.james@lgnsw.org.au

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

In 2020/21 LGNSW partnered with the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (The Department) Climate Resilience and Net Zero Emissions Branch to support projects that deliver net zero emissions outcomes as part of the NSW Councils Net Zero Emissions program.

In September 2020, NSW councils, Regional Organisations of Councils and Joint Organisations were invited to propose applied research projects that would help drive the transition to net zero emissions and contribute towards emission reduction targets as laid out in the NSW Government’s Net Zero Plan Stage 1: 2020 - 2030.

To be considered for funding, projects needed to 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.

The Department contributed more than $52,000 towards the fund and, in December 2020, three very different projects were awarded.

  1. Creating a Spark – energy sharing communities (Campbelltown City Council): This project aims to develop guidelines for NSW local governments and the development sector that provide practical advice and solutions for enabling shared locally generated, low cost, carbon neutral precincts for NSW communities. 
  1. To investigate the stacked benefits and scalability of Vehicle-to-Grid charging for council’s fleet vehicles (Lake Macquarie City Council): This project will procure, install and trial the integration of multiple V2G chargers and vehicles under a variety of operational scenarios to provide a roadmap for councils to invest in the electrification of fleet. 
  1. Closing the Gap on Food Waste (Bathurst Regional Council): This project aims to trial new models of domestic and commercial food waste collection to divert food waste from limited landfill space.

All projects will be completed by December 2021.

Download a full description of these projects

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Download a full description of these projects

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.

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