Street light­ing up­grade for Onslow

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

Street light­ing in Onslow is set to be com­pletely up­graded with the in­stal­la­tion of LED light­ing through­out the town in com­ing months with new fund­ing for the project and si­mul­ta­ne­ous works be­ing car­ried out for un­der­ground power.

Most street light­ing in Onslow is be­low mod­ern stan­dards, with a com­bi­na­tion of old-style mer­cury vapour, high-pres­sure sodium and com­pact flu­o­res­cent lights, though higher-qual­ity LED light­ing was in­stalled in the new Bar­rarda Es­tate last year.

But fi­nal­i­sa­tion of new fund­ing to­wards the Onslow Town Mas­ter Plan and Im­prove­ments Project, part of the Chevron-op­er­ated Wheat­stone project’s State De­vel­op­ment Agree­ment, has en­abled a a $584,000 de­sign plan to be de­vel­oped by a steer­ing com­mit­tee for the in­stal­la­tion of new street light­ing, which was ap­proved by the coun­cil last month.

In­stal­la­tion will be done con­cur­rently with Hori­zon Power’s work putting the Pil­bara Un­der­ground Power Project in place through­out Onslow to stream­line re­sources.

Shire of Ashburton pres­i­dent Kerry White said up­graded street light­ing was a much-needed change for Onslow and one its town mas­ter plan steer­ing com­mit­tee had been work­ing hard to achieve.

“The Shire has been work­ing with Hori­zon Power for sev­eral months to un­der­stand the op­por­tu­nity and ben­e­fits to the com­mu­nity, and con­sul­tants have un­der­taken a de­tailed de­sign for up­grad­ing the town cen­tre light­ing to cur­rent stan­dards,” she said.

“The sin­gle big­gest bar­rier to lo­cal gov­ern­ment im­ple­ment­ing LED en­ergy-ef­fi­cient light­ing is fund­ing due to the high up­front and cap­i­tal costs.

“In this in­stance, 100 per cent of the cost is to be funded by the SDA town mas­ter plan al­lo­ca­tion.”

Bet­ter vi­sion and safety for pedes­tri­ans and driv­ers be­cause of higher light in­ten­sity and re­duced main­te­nance and en­ergy re­quire­ments from their bulbs’ much longer life­span are ex­pected to be the main ben­e­fits of the light­ing up­grade.

A Chevron spokes­woman said the com­pany was proud to be fund­ing the LED street light­ing project through the Onslow Town Im­prove­ments Mas­ter Plan, which was part of the com­pany’s $250 mil­lion so­cial and crit­i­cal in­fra­struc­ture com­mit­ment for Onslow.

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