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  • Writer's pictureThe Hon. Paul Toole MP


Bathurst has become the first major regional centre in NSW to be added to the Live NSW Spatial Digital Twin, with the entire city captured into a 3D model.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW Paul Toole said with Bathurst plugging into the Spatial Digital Twin, it will be part of a state-wide digital grid with tools to plan for future infrastructure, including schools, hospitals and roads.

“The Bathurst town centre is one of the oldest in Australia and has been captured for the first time with 3D imagery, using the latest technology available,” Mr Toole said.

“Council, planners and the local community will be able to use this to make more informed planning decisions, visualise buildings and ensure a development is sensitive to the surrounding environment - from the shadows a building is likely to create or changes to the traffic volumes before construction even begins.

“Integrating it into the Spatial Digital Twin is a big win for the local community, ensuring development doesn’t impact on the unique character and beauty of our city.”

Minister for Customer Service and Digital Government Victor Dominello said the Spatial Digital Twin for Bathurst was the most comprehensive model of a regional centre in Australia and the next step in a statewide rollout.

“People will be able to see the entire city in a 3D model and can view and explore existing infrastructure, including schools, hospital, parking and roads, as well as important future projects and their impact on the city, including shading, canopies and building heights,” Mr Dominello said.

“Plugging into the Digital Twin will help to future-proof planning because you can see it in the context of the current world and the future world.

“Seeing how infrastructure, data and building plans fit together in 3D will enable better, long-term planning of cities as NSW continues to evolve and expand.”

The NSW Spatial Digital Twin is expected to provide significant opportunities for local councils and the NSW Government to realise benefits across the entire development and infrastructure lifecycle.

It is being tested for faster approvals for development applications, which is expected to deliver $256 million in savings across 10 years and help customers to engage with development in their area.

The Digital Twin is the workbench for a SmartNSW as it can present data gathered in smart places spatially and in time show trends, allowing for faster future forecasting. Smart Places projects could deliver $448 million in savings across the same amount of time.

To see the Bathurst model on the Spatial Digital Twin visit: Bathurst Spatial Digital Twin Project.

For more information visit: NSW Spatial Digital Twin.


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