Coun­cil has bright idea on light bulbs

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

THE soon-to-be Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil build­ing has gone green, chang­ing to ecofriendly light­ing and sav­ing around $20,000 per year in elec­tric­ity prices. That is the equiv­a­lent of tak­ing six aver­age house­holds off the elec­tric­ity grid per- ma­nently. Af­ter re­ceiv­ing a fed­eral grant, Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil has cut its en­ergy con­sump­tion by 20 per cent at four of its high­est-use fa­cil­i­ties, the Moss­man ad­min­is­tra­tion cen­tre, Spence Street cen­tre, Mar­tyn Street De­pot and the Smith­field pool - a sav­ing of $120,000 a year. Coun­cil’s Sus­tain­abil­ity Co­or­di­na­tor Ma­ree Gren­fell said they aim to re­duce their car­bon green­house gas emis­sions by 50 per cent by 2020 and thanks to this fund­ing, they are on their way to achiev­ing their goal and re­duc­ing their im­pact on the en­vi­ron­ment. ‘‘The cap­i­tal works bud­get is al­ways a bit com­pet­i­tive so this is one sweep of ac­tions to work on the big pro­ject, made pos­si­ble by fund­ing,’’ she said.

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