Lake Macquarie City Council is upgrading Charlestown's Pearson Street Mall to create a new and inviting smart space, which will form part of the Charlestown Innovation Precinct (ChIP).
To help the community imagine what this new space could look like in the future, Council hosted ChIP FEST, a pop-up event filled with food trucks, technology, live music and FREE CHIPS!
The Tom Farrell Institute together with representatives from Cardiff High School and Charlton Christian College were there to show what the EV Prize and Mini-EV Prize (part of the Hunter Valley Electric Vehicle Festival recently held) was all about. This STEM initiative is to encourage and attract more school students into careers in science and engineering, through involvement in construction of competition electric vehicles.
The idea of ChIP is to develop a pilot precinct where technologies can be tested such as ‘plug and play’ outdoor digital kiosks, virtual graffiti walls and live bus maps with real-time timetable updates.
The location of the smart mall will complement the DaSH hub, the nearby co-working space run by Lake Macquarie’s economic development company, Dantia, expanding the culture of start-ups and innovation to the public area outside.
Members of the community are encouraged to share their ideas. You can take Lake Mac's ‘Tinder tool to Shape Pearson Street Mall’ or use the interactive map to provide feedback.
REPORT PREPARED BY LATHA LEWIS & PROFESSOR TIM ROBERTS