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Watts Working Better takes out first place at Premierís Sustainability Awards
The Watts Working Better project currently being rolled out across Benalla Rural City and ten other council areas has been awarded the winner of the prestigious Premier’s Sustainability Awards in the Built Environment category.

The awards attracted a record number of entries from all over Victoria and recognised the best of the best in the area of sustainability.

The project’s success includes the upgrade of more than 13,600 street lights to energy efficient alternatives across 11 council areas and will reduce carbon emissions by 106,700 tonnes over the next 20 years.

“Our Council has changed over 786 old mercury vapour lights to more efficient T5 fluorescent lights,” said Mayor Cr Justin King.

“We are pleased to be participating in a project that will save our community money as well as reducing our overall power consumption. The workshops we have conducted to assist people in reducing their own household energy costs are another important part of the project,” Cr King said.

Goulburn Broken Greenhouse Alliance Executive Officer Tom Brown said that to be recognised by the Premier as the stand out was an exciting achievement. 

“This project is unique in that it not only achieves substantial economic and environmental benefits, but it also delivers important community outcomes through its recycling component whereby the old lights are dismantled and recycled. 

“We were fortunate to be able to form a partnership with Foott Waste and ConnectGV, a community organisation providing people with a disability an opportunity to gain pre-vocational skills, which allowed old lights to be pulled apart and recycled while also providing opportunities for meaningful training.

 “Street lighting represents the single largest source of greenhouse gas emissions and accounts for a large portion of utility costs for most Councils; a partnership approach has allowed Councils to achieve significant savings in the cost of electricity and maintenance while also reducing their carbon footprint,” Mr Brown said.

The project commenced in July 2014

Coordinated by the Goulburn Broken Greenhouse Alliance, the Watts Working Better project involves the partner Councils of Campaspe, Greater Shepparton, Moira, Benalla, Strathbogie, Wangaratta, Mansfield, Murrindindi and Mitchell, with Indigo and Towong Shire Councils also recently coming on board.  The project received $2.96 million in funding from the Australian Government.

The winner of each of the nine category areas of the Premier’s Sustainability Awards were announced to a full house at an awards ceremony on Thursday 29 October at the Plaza Ballroom at the Regent Theatre, Melbourne.

For more information on the Watts Working Better project go to www.wattsworkingbetter.com.au or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/WattsWorkingBetter
 

 
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