HAWKESBURY and eight other western Sydney councils have picked-up a NSW Environment & Heritage Green Globe Award for energy efficiency in their communities.
The nine councils that make up the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) were recognised for their energy-reduction project Light Years Ahead which saw installation of energy-saving street lights.
Between August 2015 and March 2016, Hawkesbury Council replaced more than 550 mercury vapour lights – over 15 per cent of the total lights in the Hawkesbury – in residential streets across Bligh Park, Clarendon, Freemans Reach, Oakville, Pitt Town, South Windsor, Wilberforce, Windsor, Windsor Downs and Vineyard.
The Mayor of Hawkesbury, Mary Lyons-Buckett, said the project will save Council more than $740,000 and more than 3,260 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions over the next 20 years.
The entire project saw around 13,000 street lights replaced with LED lighting in the nine local government areas of Hawkesbury, Parramatta, Blacktown, Blue Mountains, Fairfield, The Hills, Holroyd, Liverpool and Penrith.
The project was worth $7.8 million, and received $5.2 million of funding from the Australian Government and the remaining $2.8 came from the nine participating councils.
Light Years Ahead also won the Climate Change Action Award at the Local Government NSW’s Environment Awards in December last year.