CASC Economic and Community Development manager Sean Nicholson

March 25, 2021

In an Australian first, Cherbourg Council is planning to integrate artificial intelligence into its Materials Recycling Facility (MRF).

Economic and Community Development manager Sean Nicholson said the “Cherbourg Data Hub” would include the latest computers and technology.

The aim of the project is to develop artificial intelligence for the waste industry which would count, identify and sort waste visually.

Council is seeking expressions of interest from people who are interested in learning about:

  • Quality assurance
  • Collaboration and effective teamwork
  • Data entry
  • Using Chromebook
  • Browser-based workflows

Participants will be engaged on the Skilling Queenslanders for Work (SQW) program.

Council will be working with Noosa Council’s Peregian Digital Hub, Advance Queensland and the Indigenous Land and Sea Corporation on the 18-month to two-year project.

Mr Nicholson said getting projects such as this off the ground were a challenge in the early stages due to little or no funding for wages, but were well worthwhile in the long run.

He said the skills and qualifications that participants could earn would open doors.

The Cherbourg AI project will aim to build a team of talented, computer-savvy young people who have an interest in STEM and are looking to get involved in the technology industry.

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