Council leads the way with LED street lighting

Thursday, 09 November 2017

Council has resolved to transition to LED street lighting in Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale, a decision that sees the Borough positioned to lead the way as the first municipality in Australia with LED technology used for the vast majority of Council street lighting.

“The decision to transition to LED street lighting is both financially and environmentally sound,” said Borough of Queenscliffe Mayor, Cr Tony Francis.

“LED technology produces up to 75% less carbon emissions than the mercury vapour lights currently used, and has the potential to save Council up to 50% per month in operational expenditure.”

The resolution was carried unanimously at Council’s Ordinary Meeting on Thursday 26 October 2017, where the contributions of former Councillor Sue Wasterval and the ongoing efforts of the General Manager Planning and Infrastructure and his team toward this important project were acknowledged.

Street lighting is the single largest contributor to electricity use within the Borough of Queenscliffe, generating 206 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent in 2016-17.

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.

“Based on discussions with specialist consultants in the field, we believe that the Borough of Queenscliffe will be the first municipality to use LED technology for all Council street lighting,” said Cr Francis.

Replacement of the 318 Council street lights suitable for LED technology will occur in late 2017 and early 2018. The contract for these works has been awarded to Powercor following a thorough quotation and selection process.