Victoria Minister for Local Government Jeanette Powell
Spotlight On $20 Million For Green Lights
Victor P Taffa
The Minister for Local Government Jeanette Powell has welcomed the overwhelmingly positive response during the consultation phase for the Victorian Coalition Government’s Green Light Plan.
“The Green Light Plan is a Coalition election promise that will provide $20 Million in funding to assist councils meet the cost of replacing old, energy guzzling street lights with energy efficient technology.” Mrs. Powell said.
“The Green Light Plan will support local councils as they transform street lighting in Victoria, making it more energy-efficient, environmentally friendly and economically sustainable.” Mrs. Powell said.
The final stage of a comprehensive consultation process saw the release of draft program guidelines and an accompanying policy background paper for consultation.
The consultation papers were provided to assist potential applicants plan their involvement and seek public feedback on the proposed program design.
“We would like to thank those who contributed to this consultation process.” Mrs. Powell said.
“This feedback will be valuable in informing the final design of the program.”
Street lighting is typically the single highest electricity cost faced by councils as well as being a substantial source of greenhouse gas emissions.
If all of the old mercury vapour lights across Victoria were replaced they would collectively reduce green house gas emissions by 1.56 Million tonnes the equivalent of taking 341,917 cars off the road for a year over the life of the new lights.
“With more than 70 % of Victoria’s street lights being the responsibility of local councils, the Green Light Plan is an important initiative which assists Victoria’s local councils adopt environmentally friendly lighting.” Mrs. Powell said