Media release

Experts outline priorities for a prosperous NSW

March 4 2019

Speeding up the transition to electric cars and using online health technology to lift life expectancy in rural NSW are among ideas being proposed by one of Australia’s learned academies to political parties in the run-up to the State election.

Chair of the NSW Division of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, Professor Anne Green, said the future prosperity of the State would depend on embracing new technology and promoting innovation.

“Technology change, globalisation and demographics will create major opportunities and challenges for business and society in our State. This could result in massive jobs growth and increases in export business connections.

“The 2019 NSW State election provides an opportunity for government to develop an inspirational vision to ensure the State remains a leading economy and a fair and inclusive society.”

Among the Academy’s proposals are:

  • Stimulate greater commercialisation of renewable energy technologies: e.g. provide incentives to accelerate the transition to electric vehicles.
  • Develop telehealth strategies for rural and regional NSW, with community-based prevention programs to bring avoidable mortality rates to city levels.
  • Promote the “recycle and regenerate” economy for the State, encouraging innovative waste management to produce commercially viable commodities such as construction and road materials.
  • Legislate robust regulations for sound building developments, particularly including fire safety, with better consideration of the impact of developments on local communities.
  • Recruit and retain more highly qualified teachers in STEM areas across the whole State, by increasing targeted training, support and incentives.
  • Promote investment in technology-enabled farming to keep NSW farming and food industries globally competitive and environmentally sustainable.

Professor Green said: “The Academy operates as an independent, non-political and expert think tank that helps Australians understand and use technology to solve complex problems.

“We bring together 900 of Australia’s leading experts in applied science, technology and engineering to provide impartial, practical and evidence-based advice on how to achieve sustainable solutions and advance prosperity. Some 250 Fellows live in NSW.

“We have sent our detailed proposals (see PDF below) to the State’s five leading parties and are ready to discuss them before or after the election.”

For interviews or more information, ring David Glanz on 0438 547 723 or email david.glanz@applied.org.au