Ironbark Sustainability:

Real Action on climate

Ironbark Sustainability Wiki:

Supporting Street Light Changes from Start to Finish

To assist councils in managing the complex procurement landscape associated with the transition to energy efficient street lighting, Ironbark Sustainability formed a partnership MAV Procurement in 2012 to support councils from the start to the end of a bulk change program. The support has included project preparation, procurement, negotiation with distribution businesses and lighting suppliers throughout the preparation, delivery and finalisation of the bulk change process.

This service is available to any Victorian council and has resulted in 72 of 79 Victorian councils having completed a project. Yep, there are only 7 councils in the entire state that have not completed an LED project!

In facilitating the procurement process on behalf of councils, MAV Procurement and Ironbark have achieved better financial outcomes for members by leveraging economies of scale and a streamlined and efficient process, while simplifying the resource requirements of councils and ensuring full compliance with the Local Government Act.

The partnership support councils through the complicated preparation, tendering, procurement and implementation of street lighting projects, paving the way and providing a template for councils and main roads authorities throughout Australia.

The street lighting program simplifies the resource requirements of councils around negotiation and tendering while ensuring compliance with the Act. MAV and Ironbark also set up a bulk procurement panel for lighting materials free for councils to join and access however with no obligation to use the panel. Since 2012 Councils have purchased hundreds of thousands of approved energy efficient street lights through this panel, following a competitive tender process conducted on behalf of all 79 Victorian councils, already saving up to 45% in capital costs of the lights. The panel is still available for Victorian councils to access and contains all currently approved energy efficient street lights. It is refreshed on a quarterly basis or as new lighting becomes approved.

What is the Role of MAV, Ironbark and Councils?

MAV Procurement's role is on the compliance and procurement side. MAV Procurement's primary focus as an organisation is to achieve better procurement outcomes for local government and it is the largest peak body representing councils in Victoria. Their sole focus is in achieving the best outcomes for Victorian councils. Indeed, one of MAV Procurement’s three primary objectives as an organisation is to “minimise councils’ compliance risk associated with procurement".

MAV does not approve lights. MAV does not decide which lights are installed on DNSP-owned assets.

Ironbark's involvement in this process is to assist from a street lighting expertise point of view. Ironbark are renowned as the Australian experts on energy efficient street lighting from a technical, regulatory and financial point of view. MAV Procurement selected Ironbark after completing a competitive selection process for street lighting expertise on councils’ behalf. Ironbark is also a NATA Accredited Inspection Body for Street Light Luminaires. This means we provide technical advice to councils, roads authorities, distribution businesses and other stakeholders about whether a lighting technology is suitable for use as an unmetered load according to the Australian Standards. Note that our role is only to assess the lights to make sure they comply with the relevant Standards (for example, Australian Road Lighting Standards AS/NZS 1158.6) and meet council needs. It’s then up to the distribution business if they approve it for use on their network.

Ironbark also does not decide which lights go up or which lights are approved.

Councils can also just call suppliers directly and purchase the lights! The street lighting materials panel costs nothing to join and does not oblige councils to use the panel. It does not oblige a council to purchase from this panel or these suppliers - it provides the option to.

To access the pricing table please refer to Vendor Panel or contact Alison Hawkins from the MAV for more information.

Or for further information on how to set up a bulk procurement process in your state or jurisdiction give us a buzz and we can explain the opportunities and challenges – there are millions of dollars to be saved for states that follow this successful model and leverage the combined purchasing power of councils. 

Please note that MAV Procurement selected Ironbark after completing a competitive selection process for street lighting expertise on councils’ behalf.

Where to
find us

Ironbark Sustainability

Suite 8, 70-80 Wellington Street
Collingwood VIC 3066

1300 288 262