Dr Ian Marrtinus, Manager, Advocacy and Economic Development, City of Wanneroo

RailSmart – A Smart Cities Initiative


The City of Wanneroo has to overcome the immediate and medium term pressure of planning for emerging activity centres along its northern coastal belt from Butler to Two Rocks North. To this end, the critical link between land use planning and economic development needs forensic consideration. The City of Wanneroo is expected to double in size from over 200,000 current residents to over 400,000 in 2040. The deployment of appropriate land use permissibility will strongly support investment attraction and business development activities leading to economic prosperity. The global Smart Cities movement has given rise to a new form of public and private partnership model and The City of Wanneroo successfully applied for, and won two Smart Cities grants in early 2018 to consider urban planning outcomes. The ‘RailSmart’ project will be used as evidence of how the rail corridor extension to Yanchep (as part of Metronet) using technology intervention at the application layer can strongly influence settlement patterns and consumer behaviour.


Dr Martinus is an economic development and ICT management specialist with experience delivering projects involving urban development, international trade and investment, eGovernance (information capture & aggregation), financial management, export development, and higher education and technology innovation.  A strong focus of his work is in ICT systems integration as Sector Lead for new IT operating systems and data migration (data center) efforts. His experience spans the globe.  Dr Martinus has managed trade and investment implementations in Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, South Africa, former Soviet countries, Indonesia and within the public and private sectors in the United States, Japan and Australia. He also has extensive working with Japanese companies including Tokyu Corporation (JV) and Sekisui House.