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Making the Switch

Reinvigoration of areas must consider more than just the green elements factors such as economic and cultural opportunities. It must also focus on creating safe precincts to facilitate liveable communities. 

Project information

A total of 4879 lights have been replaced with new LEDs with smart controls under this project.

Smart controls will allow Council to manage the lighting in real time through software, which will know whether each light is operational when fixed, provide asset management and maintenance data, and remotely dim or brighten lighting.

The project will provide savings after associated costs, in the order of magnitude of $2.59 million in savings over 12 years which will be utilised to improve lighting in the City.

Carbon dioxide emissions of the new LEDs lights are expected to be reduced by up to 50%, which would be the equivalent of saving more than 470 tons carbon dioxide and planting more than 500 hectares of Australian forest trees.

Cost and duration

Council committed a total of $3.65 million to the project. Council has completed delivery of this project to the value of $3.3 million. 

Council has completed this project 12 months ahead of schedule, the project was originally proposed to be completed over two years.

  • complements Smart Cities project
  • fights crime and provides a safer city for families
  • reduces carbon emissions by 64%
  • creates local jobs
  • reduces electricity costs by 46%
  • returns savings for use in new and additional capital projects
  • encourages active transport and healthy lifestyles 

Current status

All street and public space lights owned by City of Palmerston have been upgraded to smart LED.  The final light was converted on 1 May 2020.

Photos below: before and after photos of replacement works.