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Ironbark Sustainability is a specialist local government consultancy that works with councils and key local government stakeholders around Australia by assisting them to reduce energy and water usage through sustainable asset and data management and on-the-ground implementation. Over the last decade, we have assisted over 250 Australian councils with the implementation of sustainable asset management projects.

Our mission is to achieve real action on sustainability for councils and their communities.

Check out the hundreds of resources we've developed for councils, sign up to our newsletter so you don't miss the latest project or funding news, or contact us to discuss anything related to local government and sustainability. 

How Not to Use the SLSC Programme's Latest 5% Business Case Tool

We've had several councils ask us to review the most recent Smart Lighting Smart Controls (SLSC) Programme's “Model Business Case for Street Lighting and Smart Controls Upgrades" package, a template document supported by an accompanying Excel-based modelling tool. There is a long list of flaws within the business case documentation that councils need to be aware of before they think of using it. We've started with four initial “red flag” issues to be aware of. If you are going to use the templates then please have a good review of the information first, especially if you’re going to share the results with other stakeholders because it could lead poor decisions and possible embarrassment, both internally and to the broader community.

The Other Shoe Will Not Drop: What the 2019 Federal Election Means for Local Government Action on Climate Change

The largest and most successful council climate change program in Australian history ran through the years of the Howard Government at a time when Australia’s Chief Scientist, Robin Batterham, was also Chief Technologist at Rio Tinto. Think we’ve got it hard in 2019? Imagine if Alan Finkel was also Head of Coal Propaganda at Hancock Prospecting.

Councils are always open for business on collaborative approaches and funding with other levels of government. So as a sector we'll hope for the best from Canberra and keep advocating for stronger climate action. However if you’re holding on for Federal support or a signal or funding for local climate action then stop! It’s not going to happen. Please don’t wait for the other shoe to drop. The penny must instead.

NSW LED Programs Update and #Fake #News: Smart Controls, Specifications, Prices, Timing, Gifting and Tax!

There’s a fair bit going in NSW in relation to smart lighting. Many councils are starting to get in on the act and are following the award-winning gold standard for NSW LED public lighting projects – the Light Years Ahead program, now open to every NSW council. However, in classic controversial public lighting fashion, there has been some confusing commentary around the Light Years Ahead program that needs to be addressed! NSW councils have been receiving questions and commentary regarding the Light Years Ahead program. The comments were somewhat inaccurate and indicated a basic lack of understanding of how the Light Years Ahead and other successfully implemented LED programs have been rolled out. So, in the interest of transparency, sharing information and ensuring the projects throughout NSW - and indeed Australia - are not delayed, here are the answers to make sure everyone's on the same page and there's no confusion in the industry.

SA Street Lighting News: 2019-2020 Tariff Increases; Farewell Regional Tariff "Uplift"; LGA Advocacy Leading the Way

As we wrap up the 2018-2019 financial year, South Australian councils are treated to some good news with street lighting tariffs for the 2019-2020 year announced by SAPN. This time last year, councils were running around frantically trying to determine how to budget for significant increases - with only a few weeks until they kicked in! But this time there is less to worry about, with CPI simply being used across the board. A lot of credit needs to go to the Local Government Association of South Australia for some sensible and targeted advocacy that has hit the mark to benefit councils and also resulted in the removal of the regional tariff "uplift". The LGA has been chairing an ongoing Public Lighting Working Group (PLWG) comprised of representatives of the City of Charles Sturt, City of Holdfast Bay, City of Mitcham, Mount Barker District Council, City of Mount Gambier, City of Norwood Payneham and St Peters, City of Onkaparinga, City of Port Lincoln, City of Prospect and City of West Torrens, DPTI and SAPN.

Leading the Smart Lighting Revolution: Smart Lighting Program Mark II Now Open

Ironbark are again joining forces with leading local government associations to assist councils with upgrading public lighting to LEDs and smart lighting. Now that many councils have all but completed the upgrade of old inefficient lights to LEDs on minor roads, it’s onto main roads, smarter technology, more market contestability, more council control and an expansion interstate. The Smart Lighting Program Mark II will again offer councils the opportunity to purchase LEDs directly from a standing panel of lighting suppliers whose LEDs have been approved for use, but there are also some other big new additions. Everything you need to know is right here including FAQs and the EOI form. And although the program is being led by the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) and the Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGA), we haven't forgotten about councils from SA, NSW, Qld, WA, NT and ACT

Evidence Based Climate Action Planning Webinar

Action. At the end of the day, all the climate modelling, planning, profiles, business cases, targets, carbon budgets all mean nothing if there’s no real on-the-ground action. Council greenhouse inventories are important. As are community emissions profiles and reduction targets. But in themselves they do not reduce a single tonne of emissions. Nearly 100 councils in Australia have completed internationally-recognised community emissions profiles and dozens that have set targets in line with what the science demands. It’s now time to move onto how we can use that information to determine the most effective pathways to action. We’ve got a lot of data at Ironbark and a lot of expertise on local government and climate action. At this special council webinar, we explained how councils can use this data to ensure we are selecting interventions that will give municipalities the best chance of meeting emissions reductions targets.

Minamata Starting to Bite: Change to LED or They’ll be Changed for You

The sun is setting on those old inefficient lights even faster than we thought. The world is phasing out the use of mercury and mercury compounds and there's an international convention - the Minamata Convention on Mercury to make it happen. This means that replacements for those old inefficient mercury vapour lights that councils have installed throughout Australia are becoming increasingly difficult to source and more expensive. This is beginning to bite earlier than expected and we’ve been hearing from DNSPs that there are already challenges in finding good quality and fair-priced products for their standard lamp replacements. What does this mean for councils? Higher tariffs. If a lamp costs more to replace then these costs are passed onto councils. If lamps are of poorer quality and failing more frequently then these costs are passed onto councils. Luckily you probably already know the solution. 

Strong Advocacy Delivers Big $7.1 Million Street Lighting Savings to Tasmanian Councils

With a click of the fingers Tasmanian councils have saved a whopping $7.1m! This is hot off the press from the Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT's) monthly newsletter, The Pulse, where advocacy to the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) has resulted in a significant win for LGAT members. We've worked with LGAT and Tasmanian councils on TasNetwork street lighting projects for years, including this current round of price review submissions. Congrats to the team at LGAT, this is a stunning outcome and shows how councils can save big with targeted, intelligent and strategic advocacy!

Ironbark @Ironbarksustain
03 July

. @logancc doubling down on solar and Australia's first off-grid solar-storage system at Round Mountain Reservoir! The battery-solar combo makes a micro-grid powered “electro-chlorinator” to maintain local drinking water quality 24hrs/day 🥤🥤🌞😎

Ironbark @Ironbarksustain
01 July

Ahhh Copenhagen and climate action leadership. Or in the words of @NickdMiller "Typical bloody Scandinavians. Making being good look easy" 😆

Ironbark @Ironbarksustain
27 June

Imagine a world where Chief Scientist Alan Finkel was also Head of Coal Propaganda at Hancock Prospecting. This is kind of what we faced in 2006, yet more local governments united to act on #climate than ever before. Or since. #shoes #not #dropping

CURF at Uni Canberra
Ironbark @Ironbarksustain
07 June

Global Convenant of Mayors #GCoM Roundtable yesterday @UniCanberra a huge success for #CURF & @iclei_oceania @Mayors4Climate Excellent group of interstate delegates & speakers @ProfBarbaraN @cathyoke @EnergyEstate @Ironbarksustain @EUinAus @EnvComm_ACT @SimonCorbell @TomNorring

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