Smart Lighting Lights Up Great South Coast

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The Great South Coast region is set to embark upon its largest regional infrastructure project yet, having been awarded more than $1.4 million for a regional street lighting project.

The Great South Coast Street Smart Lighting Program will see some 7500 street lights replaced with environmentally-friendly globes in a number of key residential streets.

Great South Coast Chairman Chris O'Connor said the switch would save 294 tonnes of greenhouse emissions each year, with savings of around $9.8 million for Councils over 20 years.

Funded under the Federal Government’s Community Energy Efficiency Program, the project impacts the Shires of Colac Otway, Corangamite, Moyne, Southern Grampians and Glenelg and the City of Warrnambool.

Cr O'Connor said that once installed, the energy efficient lighting would result in savings of up to $170,000 per annum for councils.

“The new globes will reduce energy usage by up to 68 per cent which will have a significant impact on energy bills for each Council into the future.”

Cr O'Connor said that aside from reduced greenhouse gas emissions, the new street lights would also improve public safety.

“These lights will put out a more uniform light with less glare, which means night time visibility will be a lot better.”

A program that will save Great South Coast councils more than $500,000 a year was officially switched on in Warrnambool last night.

The Great South Coast Street Smart Lighting project – the largest local government sustainability project to be delivered in this region – was officially launched at dusk in Warrnambool.

The $3.04 million project will see 7500 old street lights retrofitted with energy efficient lamps.

Cr O’Connor said councils expected to save up to 60 per cent of street lighting costs as a direct result of the project.

It would also have significant environmental savings, reducing carbon emissions for all councils.

“But the project is also significant because it marks the first time councils across our region have come together to work on such a large-scale project,” Cr O’Connor said.

“It shows what can be done with a truly collaborative approach.

“Individual councils would never have been able to achieve this on their own.”

The Great South Coast Group successfully applied for $1.4 million Federal Government funding for the program, with Councils contributing the remainder.

“This is an excellent investment for our councils – one that will quickly pay for itself,” Cr O’Connor said.

The Street Smart Lighting Program will be rolled out over five years under the direction of a Great South Coast project committee and a project officer hosted by Warrnambool City. 

Council

Number of lamps to be replaced

Savings

Colac Otway Shire

1320

$78,000 p.a. or $1.4m by 2030

Corangamite Shire

910

$72,000 p.a. or $1.3m by 2030

Glenelg Shire

2200

$89,000 p.a. or $1.6m by 2030

Moyne Shire

740

$52,500 p.a. or $950,000 by 2030

Southern Grampians Shire

1070

$72,000 p.a. or $1.3m by 2030

Warrnambool City

1430

$172,000 p.a. or $3.1m by 2030

Media information: Great South Coast Executive Officer Karen Foster, telephone 0407 312 836

Last modified on Thursday, 03 July 2014 07:48

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