Mayor’s bright idea for LED street lights

Coun­cil pro­posal to take con­trol of in­fra­struc­ture

The Chronicle - - NEWS - Tom Gille­spie tom.gille­spie@thechron­i­

TOOWOOMBA Mayor Paul An­to­nio has put for­ward his bid for lo­cal gov­ern­ments to con­trol all of the re­gion’s street light­ing in­fra­struc­ture.

Cr An­to­nio of­fi­cially sub­mit­ted his pro­posed mo­tion to the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment As­so­ci­a­tion of Queens­land last week, in a move de­signed to im­prove en­ergy ef­fi­ciency and save ratepayer money.

The pro­posal, now en­dorsed by the rest of the coun­cil this week, will be con­sid­ered at the LGAQ Con­fer­ence in Glad­stone.

Cr An­to­nio said he wanted street light­ing in­fra­struc­ture trans­ferred from the con­trol of En­ergy Queens­land into a new en­tity con­trolled by lo­cal gov­ern­ment.

“Op­por­tu­ni­ties ex­ist for lo­cal gov­ern­ments to make sub­stan­tial en­ergy sav­ings and ad­vances in smart city tech­nolo­gies if street light­ing in­fra­struc­ture is within their own con­trol,” the mo­tion read.

“Progress in this di­rec­tion is lim­ited by En­ergy Queens­land’s own­er­ship of much of this in­fra­struc­ture and its un­will­ing­ness to con­sider al­ter­na­tive ar­range­ments, such as those re­cently pro­posed by LGAQ.

“One of the sim­plest op­tions to achieve sav­ings and im­prove ser­vice to res­i­dents is in up­grad­ing street light­ing with LED de­vices.

“Longer life and re­duced power con­sump­tion of LED light­ing pro­duces rapid cost sav­ings.”

Cr An­to­nio told The Chron­i­cle he had in­ter­ested par­ties who were will­ing to in­stall next-gen­er­a­tion street lights in Toowoomba, which would re­duce the coun­cil’s power bill sig­nif­i­cantly.

“The po­ten­tial is there not only to have ef­fi­cient street light, but a whole range of things can be im­ple­mented like wi-fi and se­cu­rity,” he said.

“We can re­duce our elec­tric­ity costs by 60%, you can go to 70% if you’ve got move­ment sen­sors in­stalled, so you can save more again.”

Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Min­is­ter Mark Furner said the State Gov­ern­ment would look at any rea­son­able mo­tion pro­posed.

“If the pro­posal is sound, I’ll def­i­nitely pro­mote that, be­cause we need to as­sist our coun­cils, re­gard­less of whether it’s Toowoomba or any of the other coun­cils around the state, to make sure those in­fra­struc­ture pro­grams are get­ting up,” he said.

State Op­po­si­tion Leader Tim Ni­cholls also ex­pressed in­ter­est in the pro­posal dur­ing his visit to Toowoomba on Fri­day.

LIGHT IT UP: Mayor Paul An­to­nio’s street light mo­tion is to be put for­ward at the LGAQ Con­fer­ence. PHOTO: NEV MADSEN

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