05 August 2014

What's next for street lighting?

Would you keep using and paying  for something that:

  • was owned by a foreign entity
  • had outdated infrastructure
  • used twice as much electricity as it could
  • no longer meets Australian safety standards
  • and relied on others to tell you when it failed?
Probably not, and yet that is the status of our current street light network. Council explored options to achieve savings  at a briefing yesterday. Unley Council currently has 46,000 street lights, that is one for early 8 people. The total cost to mange these and provide light is approx $600,000 each year , about 2% of rate revenue.

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