Transition to LED street lighting underway
The transition to light-emitting diode (LED) street lighting throughout the Borough of Queenscliffe is well underway, with Powercor commencing the installation of new street lights in Point Lonsdale in December 2017. It is anticipated that all installations will be completed by mid-February 2018.
Council resolved to transition to LED street lighting in Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale at its Ordinary Meeting on Thursday 26 October 2017.
This decision is both financially and environmentally sound. Street lighting is the single largest contributor to electricity use within the Borough of Queenscliffe, generating 206 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent in 2016-17. LED technology produces up to 75% less carbon emissions than the mercury vapour lights currently used.
Council pays all operating costs for 325 street lights in the Borough of Queenscliffe, and a further 117 lights, located on declared highways and maintained by VicRoads, are managed in a joint arrangement between Council and VicRoads.
Seven of the 325 Council street lights feature a style of fitting for which there is currently no approved LED equivalent available. Council has been advised that there may be an approved fitting available for these lights in the near future and will continue to pursue a complete transition to LED technology.