Fairfield City shares energy saving award win

Published Friday, 20th October 2017

Energy efficient lighting in Greenfield Park

Fairfield City Council has joined eight other Western Sydney councils to become a joint winner in the 2017 Green Globe Awards, which were announced on Thursday evening.

The awards are held each year by the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage to recognise progress towards environmental sustainability.

Nine Western Sydney councils joined forces in 2015 to roll out an energy-efficient street lighting program known as “Light Years Ahead”.

In Fairfield, this involved the replacement of 1,241 street lights with Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs). This saved council about $2.15 million a year and about 6,400 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions.

Mayor of Fairfield City Frank Carbone said it was a brilliant outcome for Council to be part of an award-winning project.

“The Green Globe Awards are widely recognised as a benchmark for environmental sustainability and I’m delighted the Light Years Ahead project is a winner,” Mayor Carbone said.

“This award is also a major win for residents, because Council can invest more than $2 million back into the community through other great infrastructure projects.

“It was good to be working with our neighbouring councils on this project and the award is testimony to what councils can achieve for the community when they work towards a common goal.”

The other councils involved in the Light Years Ahead program were Blacktown, Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury, Hills, Holroyd, Liverpool, Parramatta and Penrith. The group was led by the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC).

Light Years Ahead was jointly funded by the Federal Government and all participating councils.

Award winners were announced on 19 October 2017.