New energy efficient lights brighten up Hobart and Glenorchy

Media Release


04 March 2016

Joint release with:

Sue Hickey

Lord Mayor of the City of Hobart

Kristie Johnston

Mayor of Glenorchy

Eric Abetz

Senator for Tasmania

Streets in Hobart and Glenorchy are brighter than ever with more energy-efficient lights installed as part of a push to make energy savings, reduce maintenance costs and improve lighting output.

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the Australian Government invested $3.68 million towards the $3.76 million project.

“The Accelerated Energy Efficient Street Lighting Project delivers significant community benefits for Hobart and Glenorchy by increasing pedestrian and vehicle safety,” Senator Nash said.

“The new lights will require far less maintenance than the former lights and have been installed with a 10-year warranty. They offer significant financial benefits to Councils, with savings expected throughout their lifetime.”

Senator for Tasmania Eric Abetz, who officially launched the lighting project at Hobart Town Hall today, said the lights offer a higher level of security and add to the overall ambiance of the area.

“The lighting levels are about three times brighter than the former lights and yet overall energy consumption is reduced,” Senator Abetz said.

“This important local project will allow ratepayers' money to be saved and reinvested in other local projects. The Federal Government's investment will mean safer streets, see savings for the local councils and be beneficial for the environment.”

Lord Mayor of Hobart Sue Hickey said with this grant funding, the City of Hobart has been able to replace 2,300 80-watt mercury vapour street lights with 18-watt lights, which has yielded considerable energy savings.

“In addition, we were able to install new festoon lighting along a section of Sandy Bay Road and new LED lighting in the redeveloped community hub of Mathers Place and in the Wapping precinct,” Alderman Hickey said.

“We have received excellent feedback from the community on the much-improved lighting throughout the city and are thrilled that Hobart now has a safer, cleaner and more efficient lighting system.”

Mayor of Glenorchy Kristie Johnston said the environmental and financial savings achieved through this project will have a lasting benefit for the Glenorchy communities.

“In the 2013−14 financial year, the Glenorchy City Council spent over $1.06 million on street lighting,” Alderman Johnston said.

“For the 2015−16 financial year, it is expected Council spend will be $624,000—a huge decrease of $436,000.”