Friday, 23 January 2015 09:11

Council staff design lighting roll out

Parramatta City Council and WSROC staff at workshop Parramatta City Council and WSROC staff at workshop

Councils are designing the roll out of new energy efficient streetlights during workshops for the Light Years Ahead project.

Parramatta, Blacktown and Holroyd are the first Western Sydney councils to start planning their roll out. Workshop attendees included council representatives, WSROC staff and project consultants from Ironbark Sustainability.

Workshops are tailored to each of the nine participant councils to ensure the streetlight replacement program meets the needs of Council, its community and residential areas. For the workshops, all current streetlights have been mapped out according to each Local Government Area. These maps help council staff to make key decisions about which lights are prioritised for the project.

Upcoming workshops are:

  • Blue Mountains (Tue 27 Jan)
  • Liverpool (Thu 29 Jan)
  • Penrith (Fri 30 Jan)
  • The Hills (Mon 2 Feb)
  • Fairfield (Tue 10 Feb)
  • Hawkesbury (Mon 16 Feb)

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Pictured: WSROC and Holroyd City Council staff discuss street light replacement

Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Council's (WSROC) President, Cllr Tony Hadchiti, is excited about this phase and the work to come.

"Our councils can't wait to get started. We are getting much closer to getting people up into cherry pickers, to change these lights over. This is the meaty part of our planning," he said. "From June, the fun really begins – the anticipated start date of the installations.”

"Residents will no doubt, welcome the new lights and we will share energy saving tips as the roll out kicks in. Streetlights account for roughly 55% of our councils’ energy costs. We are excited about the future energy and environmental savings for our region due to this timely project.”

“Light Years Ahead ensures Western Sydney streetlights are fitted with modern and efficient technology. We can inspire other regions in Australia to follow suit, to update their lights and make savings.”

It is estimated that $21 million will be saved over 20 years for the nine participant councils – freeing up funds to replace even more streetlights after the project ends.


About Light Years Ahead
The Light Years Ahead project will replace approximately 13,000 street lights in nine councils across Western Sydney from June 2015. Selected mercury vapour street lights will be replaced with light emitting diode (LED) or equivalent lights. Forecasts indicate major expenditure and carbon emission savings for the participant councils.

 

This project received funding from the Australian Government.

 

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