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Ironbark frequently contributes reports, information and time to the sector. Over the last decade we have written hundreds of articles, delivered webinars and developed presentations and reports that we have promoted through this website, our newsletter and social media.

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The Minamata Convention on Mercury is an international treaty designed to protect human health and the environment from mercury and mercury compounds. And guess where there is a lot of mercury? Yep, old street lights. Replacements for those old inefficient mercury vapour lights will become increasingly difficult to source by 2020 meaning councils may end up with very expensive stranded assets on their hands. Check out the simple and sweet 2-minute snapshop from Australia's foremost street...

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Ironbark Sustainability assisted WSROC to deliver the Light Years Ahead program which is now award winning, having taken the Green Globe under the category of Resource Efficiency in this year’s NSW State Government’s awards for sustainability. The program demonstrates a gold standard approach for planning and implementation, as well as ticking all the boxes in terms of demonstrating the financial, social and environmental benefits of bulk street lighting changeover projects. Recently, WSROC and...

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The Energy Efficiency in Local Government conference in Sydney is fast approaching and if you haven’t got the 16th-17th September dates locked in your calendar already then lock it in, get your tickets and head along! There are a bunch of special workshops being delivered around the conference, including a day-long session on how Australian councils can make the switch to LED street lighting. This isn’t a theoretical workshop. It’s not a discussion on what “could happen” if all the ducks are...

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The Lighting the West project is a partnership between Wyndham City, Moonee Valley, Maribyrnong and Hobsons Bay Councils to bring sustainable street lighting to the west. As part of the project, over 26,000 80W mercury vapour street lights will be changed to energy efficient technology across the municipalities. There is a strong community engagement and education component to the project and one of our favourite activities has been the installation of 45 educational footpath decals that have...

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For the 2016-2020 period the AER has proposed to change the structure of street lighting regulation in Victoria. In the past, lighting maintenance costs on electricity distribution poles and lighting on dedicated street light poles were all regulated by the AER. From January 2016, it has been proposed that only those street lights on electricity distribution poles will automatically be regulated, as per the regime we’ve known up to now. Street lights on dedicated poles (largely in newer estates...

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Is your council is currently scoping or planning a public lighting project? Want to know how much funding your council could receive through the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) for energy efficient street lighting projects? Download our free ERF calculator that allows you to plug in some basic information to calculate the amount of funding you may be eligible to receive!

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Another 12,600 lights being changed over to energy efficient alternatives, this time across 100 communities in regional and rural Victoria who have overcome the old barriers to deliver a massive sustainable street lighting project. The community engagement side of this project is a real highlight as councils have used the support of existing network groups and community organisations to connect with stakeholders and communities across the region. This input also went into the development of each...

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The rollout of the regional Watts Working Better project has seen the Shire of Campaspe in northern Victoria change over 1,833 old mercury vapour lights to energy efficient alternatives. The changeover will result in a large reduction of greenhouse emissions and savings of $2.2 million over 20 years for the northern Victorian shire, which is situated on the Murray River border with NSW. Another council, another 1,833 lights!

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Street lighting contestability has hit the national headlines with an article on page 40 of the Australian Financial Review on Tuesday 12th August investigating the progress of Moreland and Sunshine Coast in their journeys to implement alternative street lighting maintenance programs. It’s a great article by the AFR’s Michael Bleby who clearly did his research and contacted a breadth of experts and the regulator to get their take. Here's where it's at.

 

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The three greatest barriers that councils have traditionally faced when seeking to changeover their street lights to more efficient alternatives are costs, expertise and working with external stakeholders. However the traditional barriers that councils faced have been well and truly overcome in many jurisdictions. Here's how - and the tried and tested five-stage process to change your lights.

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