8 smart cities connected by high speed rail

Location: Yorta Yorta Country, Greater Shepparton VIC
Status: In planning

CLARA is Australia’s most ambitious masterplanning project: eight compact smart cities across Victoria and NSW connected to Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney by high-speed rail. It will be the first network of cities worldwide designed around people, not private cars, in 100 years. The first CLARA city (dubbed CV2) to be developed, is proposed near Shepparton in Victoria’s north.

CLARA’s fresh approach to population growth and regional development gives Australia a world-leading model for walkable urbanism. Putting people and landscape before cars allows us to shape a city built for happier, less isolated, more active residents. It connects people naturally: to each other, the environment, the region, and the surrounding capitals all within a 20 minute walk.

We’re benchmarking CV2 against the world’s best. And taking inspiration from history’s greatest walkable cities. This project takes Australia back to the future with a homegrown smart city offering a viable alternative to urban sprawl and far-flung regional centres.

Imagine new cities where data is open, energy’s renewable, water is valued, homes are affordable, healthcare and education are world class and people can live within minutes of all they need. Vibrant regional economies accessible to capitals in less time than a morning commute.