Wednesday, 05 August 2015 10:31

Hawkesbury City Council switches on the (LED) lights

Attendees of Light Years Ahead Hawkesbury City Council launch Attendees of Light Years Ahead Hawkesbury City Council launch Credit: Jay La Photographer

Hawkesbury City Council (opens external site) has joined forces with eight other Western Sydney councils to reduce energy costs and consumption by replacing old and inefficient street lights as part of the largest street lighting replacement project ever conducted in NSW.

The Light Years Ahead project is coordinated by the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) which has brought together nine of their member councils to participate.

Approximately 13,000 street lights replaced with LED lighting in the nine local government areas of Hawkesbury, Parramatta, Blacktown, Blue Mountains, Fairfield, The Hills, Holroyd, Liverpool and Penrith.

Inefficient, old mercury vapour lights will be removed and new energy efficient LED lights installed. LEDs are cheaper and more sustainable to run and its estimated councils will save $21 million over 20 years at current electricity prices.

The $7.8 million dollar project, which received funding from the Australian Government, began in late 2014. Installation in Hawkesbury City begins in August 2015 and is expected to be completed by March 2016, with distribution network service provider Endeavour Energy installing the lights.

The Mayor of Hawkesbury, Councillor Kim Ford said the project will save Council more than $740,000 and more than 3,260 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions.

“As part of the project, Council will replace more than 550 lights (over 15% per cent of the total lights in Hawkesbury City) in residential streets across the suburbs of Bligh Park, Clarendon, Freemans Reach, Oakville, Pitt Town, South Windsor, Wilberforce, Windsor, Windsor Downs and Vineyard,” Councillor Ford said.

“The emissions savings are equivalent to lighting more than 4,000 Australian homes, heating and cooling more than 1,600 homes, and taking more than 750 cars off the road each year.

“I hope this project will also encourage residents to review their own energy practices and consumption.”

WSROC President, Cr Tony Hadchiti said the Light Years Ahead project will bring many benefits to councils and residents.

“Public lighting costs millions of dollars each year, with street lighting accounting for 55 per cent of our councils’ energy costs,” he said.

“Anything councils can do to reduce costs allows funding to be redirected towards other projects, infrastructure and wider services.

“This is the biggest street lighting replacement project NSW has ever seen.

“We have 126,955 street lights in our nine councils. This project replaces more than 10 per cent of those lights. We hope this project is the start of future upgrades, so we can continue the great work we’ve started.”

A Hawkesbury City Council launch event was held recently as part of Local Government Week (opens external site). The event was attended by residents, Louise Markus MP Federal Member for Macquarie and Councillor Jill Reardon.

"I am delighted that Hawkesbury City Council have been included in this project and the Australian Government was able to contribute $5million towards the nine participating councils across greater western Sydney," noted Ms Markus.

"This project represents a valuable innovative and a measured approach to a more sustainable energy future for greater western Sydney."

"I congratulate WSROC and all those involved in their collaborative and cohesive approach and the initiative shown in bringing this project together."

Energy saving tips can be found on the project website, and a fact sheet is available at (opens external site).

Over 20 years the project will: reduce the combined energy costs for all councils by approximately $21 million at current electricity prices and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 74,000 tonnes.

As part of the project, Hawkesbury City Council will replace over 550 mercury vapour lights in the various suburbs with LEDs – which is over 15% of the total lights in Hawkesbury Local Government Area.

Over 20 years Council will achieve the following benefit through these lighting upgrades:
• Reduce energy costs by over $740,000 at current electricity prices
• Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 3,260 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions which is equivalent to lighting more than 4,000 Australian homes, heating and cooling more than 1,600 homes, and taking more than 750 cars off the road each year.


Resources: Visit (opens external site) for more information. Subscribe to the monthly e-newsletter for updates - (opens external site).

About WSROC: Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) represents 10 local councils in Western Sydney and provides a strong voice for the residents of Western Sydney to improve their quality of life. WSROC manages a number of projects, which are either funded jointly by its members or from external sources.


Pictured: (Left to right) Louise Markus MP (Federal Member for Macquarie), Catherine Murphy (Bligh Park Community Centre Manager), Councillor Jill Reardon (Hawkesbury City Council) and Jeff Organ (Hawkesbury City Council) at the recent launch event. Attendees hold an example of an LED light on the left and mercury vapour light on the right.




The views expressed herein are not necessarily the views of the Commonwealth of Australia, and the Commonwealth does not accept responsibility for any information or advice contained herein.

WSROC Media Enquiries and Event Contact: Nicole Miller, WSROC Media and Communications Officer (Projects), 0408 473 118, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. WSROC Spokesperson: Cr Tony Hadchiti, WSROC President, 0433 330 554

Hawkesbury spokesperson: To arrange an interview with the Mayor of Hawkesbury, Councillor Kim Ford, contact Hawkesbury City Council Corporate Communications on (02) 4560 4430.

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