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. Across the four Councils, this will result in 176,117 tonnes reduction in equivalent carbon dioxide emissions over 20 years and a $1.4 million saving in 2015 alone!
Co-funded through the Federal Government’s Community Energy Efficiency Program (CEEP), there is a strong community engagement and education component to the project which has involved community workshops, competitions and other educational activities.
Through June and July alone councils were able to reach out to more than 500 residents through educational activities. Workshops held throughout the last few months have been a great success with hundreds of people participating. At a Speed Date a Sustainability Expert workshop residents planning to build or renovate received individual advice about solar and energy efficiency, while the Pay Less on your Electricity workshop was focused on behaviour change and other low cost options to reduce power bills.
One of our favourite activities has been the installation of 45 educational footpath decals that have been placed across Moonee Valley to make residents aware of the new street lights and their benefits. Most decals have been placed in high foot traffic areas around schools and we think these are possibility a world-first – never before has street lighting made it to a decal!
People in Melbourne’s west can see them for themselves, the closest one to the Moonee Valley Civic Centre is located on the corner of The Strand and Hutcheson St north of Queens Park. To let the community know this was happening, 400 informative letters were distributed to homes and schools close to the decal locations.