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Melrose Park: Smart Planning for Climate Responsive Neighbourhoods


City of Parramatta Council

Melrose Park, New South Wales

Project stage



Start date: 19 November 2018
End date: 30 June 2020

Project value

Australian Government funding:


  • University of Technology Sydney
  • M Projects
  • The Urban Institute
  • ESRI Australia

Focus area

  • Natural environmental data and measurement (air quality

Project type

  • Environmental monitoring

Technology type

  • Environmental sensors

Project summary

Melrose Park is a demonstration site for sensor-integrated site management, to measure current development planning and regulatory practices, supported by real-time, continuous, distributed and localised data. The primary goal was to see whether technology and data can improve site management practices.

The challenge

The challenge is to better understand and respond to local environment changes as the site develops.


The project is using smart technologies to capture, analyse and visualise local environmental data. Approximately 70 environmental sensing devices have been installed within the site and surrounding residential streets to monitor environmental conditions including urban heat, air quality, noise and stormwater. A buoy has also been installed in Ermington Bay to monitor river water quality.

The data collected from these devices are being visualised on a dashboard.


The benefits include improved site monitoring and management, as well as understanding how environmental conditions can vary on a micro-climate level.


The data collected and the lessons learnt from this project are being included in a Blueprint for Climate Responsive Neighbourhoods, that can be applied at other sites in other locations.

Contact details

Name: Geoff King
Email: GKing@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au