Friday, 16 December 2016 11:28

West recognised for environmental excellence

Western Sydney council award winners at the LGNSW Excellence in the Environment Awards, 2016. Western Sydney council award winners at the LGNSW Excellence in the Environment Awards, 2016.

Western Sydney councils picked up 10 awards at the Local Government NSW Excellence in the Environment Awards this month.

Projects spanned a range of categories including asbestos management, climate change action, invasive species management, natural environment protection and waste avoidance and reuse.

WSROC President Cr Stephen Bali said “I am extremely proud to see Western Sydney councils doing so well at a state level.

“Western Sydney was well represented in the climate change action category which saw projects from WSROC, Blacktown and Penrith take top honours.

“I was particularly proud to see the WSROC’s Light Years Ahead program recognised because it represents what councils can achieve when they work together.

“Blacktown, Blue Mountains, Holroyd, Fairfield, Hawkesbury, The Hills, Liverpool, Parramatta and Penrith Councils were all heavily involved in the project which saw nearly 15,000 inefficient mercury vapour street lights changed over to efficient LED lighting.

“So far Light Years Ahead has achieved a 77 per cent saving in electricity costs and it is estimated that over the 20 year life of the lights, councils will save $19.4 million and over 91,000 tonnes of carbon emissions,” he said.

“I would also like to congratulate Brendan Govers (Cumberland) and Trish Heeley (Penrith) who were recognised for their outstanding work and personal commitment to sustainability at their respective councils,” said Cr Bali.


Asbestos Management

WSROC – Asbestos Answers CALD Facebook campaign (winner)


Climate Change Action

WSROC – Light Years Ahead street lighting project (joint winner)

Blacktown City Council – Cool Streets street tree project (joint winner)

Penrith City Council – Cooling the City Strategy (highly commended) 


Invasive Species Management

City of Canterbury Bankstown - Feral rabbit management in urban Bankstown (winner)


Natural Environment Protection and Enhancement

Blue Mountains City Council – Leura Falls catchment improvement project (highly commended)

City of Canterbury - Bankstown - Habitat box program (highly commended)


Waste Avoidance and Reuse

City of Parramatta - R3 program: resource rescue and reuse (winner)


Louise Petchell Memorial Award for Individual Sustainability

Brendan Govers, Cumberland Council (winner)

Trish Heeley, Penrith City Council (highly commended)



Further information:

Local Government NSW Excellence in the Environment Awards 

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