Lighting the West
Local government is solely responsible for providing public lighting on minor roads, and pays 40 per cent of the costs of VicRoads’ major road lighting.
Lighting the West is a regional project in Melbourne's west to change over streetlights to energy efficient lighting technology.
As public lighting is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions, programs such as the Lighting the West project, are a positive step in addressing this considerable environmental issue.
The intention of Lighting the West is to change over more than 21,000 lights by 2016, avoiding approximately 6,900 Tonnes of electricity related greenhouse gas emissions annually.
In July 2013, the Australian Government awarded to Wyndham City Council a grant under the Community Energy Efficiency Program of $2.47 million. The grant enables Wyndham City, along with Moonee Valley and Hobsons Bay councils to swap 21,656 streetlights to the energy efficient alternative. Maribyrnong City Council was also provided with funding as part of the project. The project will also include energy efficiency education programs at local schools, libraries and community centres.