Conversations around a safe and vibrant Newcastle at night needn’t be intrinsically linked to pub and club opening hours and how to reduce statistics in alcohol-related violence in our CBD and outer suburbs. Although these numbers need to drop, the subtle social and cultural shifts that smart, civic lighting can inspire might just be a piece of the night-time strategy puzzle that the poorly lit urban landscape wasn’t able to show us until now.
If you’re going to release a federal budget, you want to think of the children. Nowadays, it would seem you need to think of the computers, tablets, educational apps and gaming, programming software, robotic kits, drones, camps, workshops and lego.
When we think innovation, we tend to think cutting-edge technology, latest gadget on the market, or something that has never been done before.
But innovation is much more than this.