Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - Local Politician Say -

Light Years Ahead – a project that in­volved nine west­ern Syd­ney coun­cils, in­clud­ing Hawkes­bury City Coun­cil, won the Cli­mate Change Ac­tion Award at the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment NSW’s En­vi­ron­ment Awards this week.

The project in­volved re­plac­ing older mer­cury vapour street lights with more ef­fi­cient LED lights and was com­pleted in May this year.

More than 650 LED lights were in­stalled in res­i­den­tial streets of the Hawkes­bury, with 13,951 to­tal lights in­stalled across West­ern Syd­ney.

The Mayor of Hawkes­bury, Mary Lyons-Buck­ett said the project will save Coun­cil more than $740,000 and more than 3,260 tonnes of car­bon diox­ide emis­sions over the next 20 years.

LGNSW Pres­i­dent Keith Rhoades said: “The enor­mously high stan­dard of en­tries is a clear il­lus­tra­tion of the piv­otal en­vi­ron­men­tal man­age­ment role played by lo­cal gov­ern­ment in NSW”.

The Light Years Ahead project in­volved nine West­ern Syd­ney coun­cils – Black­town, Blue Moun­tains, Hol­royd, Fair­field, Hawkes­bury, The Hills, Liver­pool, Par­ra­matta and Pen­rith Coun­cils The Light Years Ahead project re­ceived fund­ing of $5.2 mil­lion from the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment and $2.8 mil­lion from the nine par­tic­i­pat­ing coun­cils.

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