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Learmonth street lighting
Learmonth has gone green with Council installing a number of energy-efficient
street lights throughout the township.
Traditional street lights are 80 watt mercury-vapour lights. The new 'green'
energy-efficient street lights are T5 (2 x 14 watt) lights. The T5 lights use
less than one third of the electricity compared with traditional street lights
and produce less than one third of the greenhouse gases than the older
lights, while providing the same level of light.
The savings associated with the new energy-efficient lights have meant that
in addition to replacing many of the old lights, new street lights, featuring
the T5 lights, have been installed in additional locations, including service
roads, streets and intersections in Learmonth.
Learmonth residents should notice improved lighting in their township,
while energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions have been
significantly reduced, making the town more sustainable and reducing its
The project has resulted in savings of over 3,580 kWh in electricity and
4.8 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per year, while allowing for an
increased level of lighting in the town, increasing safety and accessibility
The street light retrofit program is part of Council's Environmental Sustainability
Strategy. For more information on the Learmonth street lighting retrofit or
Council's Environmental Sustainability Strategy contact Council's Manager
Environmental Programs Aaron Izzard on 5320 5897.
Ballarat Smart Living Centre
Work has started on retrofitting shop 14a Lydiard Street North (at the front
entrance of the Mining Exchange) into the Ballarat Smart Living Centre.
The Ballarat Smart Living Centre will be an information hub where residents
can learn about sustainable living options. The Centre will focus on providing
simple, easily accessed information on sustainable homes, transport
options, water security and conservation, food sustainability and the natural
The Centre itself will be an example of how a heritage building can be
retrofitted and adapted to be sustainable. Materials will be reused throughout
the refurbishment and energy efficient fittings and furnishing will be used.
The Centre will be powered by a 4kWh solar panel system that will not
only provide power for the Centre but also put green electricity back into
The Centre will be staffed by skilled and friendly staff and volunteers who
will provide connections to a range of products, education opportunities
The Smart Living Centre project is supported by the Victorian Government
Sustainability Fund, managed by Sustainability Victoria who are providing
$290,000 towards the project. Council is providing $30,000 with support
also coming from BREAZE, the University of Ballarat and other partners.
The Smart Living Centre is expected to be completed in January 2011.
Below: Energy efficient street lighting installed in Learmonth
Below: Ballarat Mayor Cr Judy Verlin, Victorian Government Minister for the Environment
and Climate Change Gavin Jennings and Member for Ballarat East Geoff Howard unveil
the future site of the Ballarat Smart Living Centre
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