[LINK] From the Acropolis to the E-City

Marghanita da Cruz marghanita at ramin.com.au
Fri Jul 9 10:27:15 AEST 2010

Is this Gov 3.0?

> New governance models
> "The idea," explains Gulabchand, "is to create communities with self-governance mechanisms." But the task was not easy. "You just cannot create a city like this. I invited the Maharashtra chief minister and nearly half his cabinet to make them understand that if I were to get the required permissions, it would take me thousands of years. Even if I compromised my position in some cases, it would still take nearly 200 years. They understood my dilemma," he says, after which Gulabchand managed to become the only private company to get a ‘Special Planning Authority’ status.

> Traditional municipal management model has multiple disadvantages such as untimely information, unclear distribution of responsibilities among administrative departments, and lack of effective monitoring and evaluation mechanisms. Therefore, it is urgent that informationization be applied to change the situation.

 > First there was Canberra, now there's Greater Springfield
 > This week in Trends and Products we look at the trend in 
designing cities, how to build a city from scratch. This is 
a big new area, as cities worldwide literally seem to spring 
out of the ground. In Australia a Queensland company, 
Springfield Land Corporation, is receiving international 
industry accolades for their design of Queensland's first 
master-planned city, Greater Springfield. Canberra was our 
first master-planned city. Greater Springfield is our second.

 > NBN Co, the company established to design, build and 
operate the national broadband network, today announced 19 
locations for the next stage of its rollout on the mainland. 
These second release sites comprise 14 new locations and 
five sites adjacent to existing first release sites.
 > The new sites are:
 > Victoria – Bacchus Marsh, South Morang (Melbourne);
 > Queensland – Brisbane (inner north), Springfield Lakes, 
 > NSW – Riverstone (western Sydney), Coffs Harbour;
 > South Australia – Modbury, Prospect;
 > Western Australia – Victoria Park (Perth), Geraldton, 
 > Northern Territory – Casuarina; and
 > ACT – Gungahlin

Marghanita da Cruz
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