LED street lights arrive in Esperance

The Shire of Esperance president Malcolm Heasman and Donna Gibson from Horizon Power show off the difference between the old and the new street lights.

The Shire of Esperance president Malcolm Heasman and Donna Gibson from Horizon Power show off the difference between the old and the new street lights.

WORK to install Esperance's first batch of LED street lights has begun. 

The Shire of Esperance has started work to install 1743 LED street lights around Esperance as part of a $4 million project and Nulsen residents are set to reap the rewards first.

Nulsen Progress Association chairwoman Amy Vickers said the new and improved street lights were far brighter than previous lighting, and helped improve safety within the area.

"We are thrilled that the LED street lights have made foot paths easier to see and have improved safety for drivers and pedestrians," Mrs Vickers said. 

"Feedback from the community here has been really positive." 

The Goldfields Voluntary Regional Organisation of Councils (GVROC) is leading the upgrades to 2688 existing streetlights across the towns of Esperance, Laverton, Menzies, Leonora, Norseman and Hopetoun and the City of Kalgoorlie Boulder. Horizon Power is managing the procurement and implementation of the lights.

The LED project communications manager Lisa Cunningham said the project was jointly funded by the Federal Government's Department of Industry and Science and the WA Department of Regional Development. 

The City of Kalgoorlie Boulder sustainability manager Ryan Wilson said the project was one of the biggest energy efficiency programs undertaken within the Goldfields Esperance region. He said the LED lights would likely achieve energy ratings of around 55 per cent.

"Street lighting maintenance costs will be significantly reduced as LEDs have an increased life span, with the interval between bulb replacements likely to extend from the current average of 5 years to 20 years," he said. 

"Public lighting costs these Shires millions of dollars each year, with street lighting dominating most of their energy costs. 

"So, anything we can do to reduce costs will allow Shires to redirect funding to other projects, infrastructure and wider services whilst also helping to reduce carbon emissions."

Esperance Shire president Malcolm Heasman said the Shire of Esperance looked forward to the completion of the project as well as the safety features it could bring.

"It is wonderful to see the installation of the new LED streetlights in Nulsen, and subsequently throughout Esperance, and the Shire looks forward to seeing the benefits they bring in terms of safety and significant cost savings."

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