Man walking across pedestrian crossing in carpark of Jackson Court shopping centre

Smart Cities – Reinventing Neighbourhoods at Jackson Court Neighbourhood Centre

We’ve partnered with the Australian Government to implement new smart technologies at Jackson Court Neighbourhood Centre in Doncaster East under our Smart Cities - Reinventing Neighbourhoods program.

Smart Cities is an Australian Government initiative to transform cities, suburbs and regional areas using infrastructure and technology to deliver a more sustainable, prosperous and inclusive future.

Our Smart Cities - Reinventing Neighbourhoods program uses a range of smart sensors to gather data to better understand the community’s use of the Jackson Court Neighbourhood Centre and to help us improve the community’s experience of the Centre.

We also conducted research in the community to better understand how the community uses the neighbourhood and how we can incorporate this into planning for the future.

Smart Sensors 

We installed new sensors to gather real time data of vehicle use, pedestrian movement and environmental conditions e.g. pollution, heat, noise at Jackson Court Neighbourhood Centre. We want to understand how visitors move through the centre, their modes of transport, how long they stay and what activities are undertaken.

This data will assist us to better plan for the right mix of physical space such as parking, pavements and infrastructure to help make it more attractive for residents and visitors to the area. The data will show us usage trends that can be used by local business and community groups to plan events and promotions that enable better use of Jackson Court Neighbourhood Centre.

Your Privacy

The new sensors record non-identifiable data in accordance with our privacy policy. No personal information is collected and no cameras have been installed.

Extent of Works

Works began in November 2019 and finished in March 2020. You can view the extent of the works on the map below or download the Icon for application/pdf Jackson Court Works Map (PDF) (9.72 MB)

Map showing boundaries of Jackson Court works

Liveability Assessment 

We partnered with the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and RMIT’s Healthy Liveable Cities Group to produce a neighbourhood liveability report for Manningham.

Initially focused on the Jackson’s Court Neighbourhood Centre, this study was expanded across all 281 neighbourhoods of Manningham.

The Liveability Assessment of the Neighbourhoods of Manningham provides an analysis of 16 different social, economic and environmental liveability indicators of health, to better understand the liveability strengths and challenges across the municipality.

Liveability indicators include education, employment, gambling, housing affordability, social infrastructure, transport, and also access to public open space and the services of daily living.

We are using this research to understand the key drivers for great places to live and work, and use the insights to plan our neighbourhoods as Manningham continues to face the challenges of population growth, congestion and climate change.

You can download and view the Icon for application/pdf Liveability Assessment of the Neighbourhoods of Manningham (4.6 MB)

Discovery Group – Shaping the future of Jackson Court 

We formed a Discovery Group comprised of traders, residents and community leaders who meeting monthly to help plan the future of the Jackson Court Neighbourhood Centre.

This group represents people who live, visit, trade or work at Jackson Court and the surrounding neighbourhood. The group is sharing their lived and local experience to shape Jackson Court as an important place for the community where you can dine, shop and gather with friends.

Decisions made by the group will be informed and empowered by the data and research generated by the smart technologies project at Jackson Court. This ‘smart data’ – such as what trends and seasonal factors affect the number of visitors to Jackson Court – will help the group to plan for a stronger and more vibrant neighbourhood centre.

We will listen to and assess the group’s proposals and will assist to advance them into actions through planning, capital works and budget processes.

We will keep you informed of the group’s activities as they continue to meet.

Data Extraction and Reporting

We are extracting data from the sensor systems and storing this information for analytical and business intelligence reporting.

This information will help us better understand the vehicle, environmental and pedestrian sensor data gathered from Jackson Court Neighbourhood Centre, which will help make better informed decisions at the precinct.

The data will be provided in a report to the Discovery Group and Traders Association at Jackson Court Neighbourhood Centre for further data and trend analysis.

No personal or identifying information will be collected by the sensors at any time.