Tuesday, 18 August 2015 15:26

Liverpool Council flicks switch on energy efficiency

Liverpool City Council launch - councillors, Mayor Ned Mannoun and Craig Kelly MP Liverpool City Council launch - councillors, Mayor Ned Mannoun and Craig Kelly MP Credit: Jay La Photography

Liverpool City Council (opens external site) will replace old, inefficient street lights in 23 suburbs, as part of WSROC’s Light Years Ahead (open external site) project, saving more than $5million and 19,640 tonnes of carbon emissions annually over 20 years. [Correction on 25.08.15 - see footnote.]

“Liverpool is one of nine Western Sydney councils which have joined forces to reduce energy costs and consumption by replacing old and inefficient street lights,” Mayor Ned Mannoun said.

“Mercury vapour lights will be replaced with energy efficient LED lights, which are cheaper and more sustainable. We’ll replace more than 3,700 lights (over 23% of the total lights) in 23 suburbs including Busby, Miller and Liverpool, and estimate we’ll save around $5.8 million in electricity costs and 19,640 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions.

“Public lighting costs millions of dollars each year, with street lighting accounting for more than half of Council’s energy costs. These savings will allows us to redirect funds to other vital projects, infrastructure and services.”

The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) Light Years Ahead project is funded by the Australian Government. It will replace approximately 13,000 street lights in the nine WSROC Member Councils, including Liverpool.

WSROC President and Liverpool Councillor Tony Hadchiti said the project is the biggest street lighting replacement project NSW has ever seen.

“We have 126,955 street lights in our nine councils. This project replaces over 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.

“There are major benefits for this project – not just the cost savings to councils and residents. By reducing our collective energy consumption we are making a major reduction in our carbon footprint.

“WSROC has shown that it can lead the way in ensuring both financial and environmental sustainability for our councils, especially in relation to the NSW Government’s Fit for the Future program.”

The $7.8 million dollar project began in June 2014 and is expected to be completed by May 2016. The project received funding from the Australian Government.

The 23 suburbs are: Busby, Cartwright, Casula, Cecil Hills, Chipping Norton, Edmondson Park, Green Valley, Hammondville, Heckenberg, Hinchinbrook, Holsworthy, Horningsea Park, Hoxton Park, Liverpool, Lurnea, Miller, Moorebank, Pleasure Point, Prestons, Voyager Point, Warwick Farm, Wattle Grove and West Hoxton.

 

Pictured in photo (left to right)

Cllr Peter Harle (Liverpool City Council), Craig Kelly MP (Federal Member for Hughes), Cllr Ned Mannoun (Mayor, Liverpool City Council), Cllr Geoff Shelton (Liverpool City Council) and Cllr Sabrina Mamone (Liverpool City Council).

 

Correction (25.08.15)

The first paragraph of the release originally included the word "annually" at the end of the sentence. This is a mistake and the sentence has been amended to correct the oversight - with the deletion of "annually" an insertion of "over 20 years". The estimated savings of $5million and 19,640 tonnes of carbon emissions are projected over 20 years, as this is the average life of a street light. This 20 year period is a common timeframe to calculate savings by councils in relation to street lighting.

 

Media contacts

Liverpool City Council media enquiries: Emily Tinson, 02 9821 7218, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

WSROC media enquiries: Nicole Miller, 02 9671 4333 Ext 107, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Disclaimer

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.

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Related content

Light Years Ahead website (opens external site)

Light Years Ahead project page on WSROC website

Media release for all-of-project launch, May 2015

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