Sustainable Council

As a result of significant urban development and population growth within the Camden Local Government Area, Council faces significant challenges in maintaining the rural charm and lifestyle that is so highly valued. Finding a balance that will accommodate this growth and create a sustainable environment, community and economy for the benefit of our current and future populations.

The following sustainability programs and initiatives demonstrates Council’s commitment to sustainability:

LED Streetlighting Upgrade

Camden Council is responsible for ensuring the provision of streetlighting, and for the operating costs of streetlighting within the Camden Local Government Area (LGA). Council is working with Endeavour Energy to undertake a project that will upgrade existing inefficient streetlights to energy efficient LEDs right across the Camden LGA.

The new energy efficient streetlights are designed to produce a similar light output to those that will be replaced while using less electricity. The project will see more than 50% of the existing streetlighting network, or more than 7,500 streetlights switched to high performance and energy efficient LED streetlights.

The project is not only expected to save Council and ratepayers millions of dollars on streetlighting operating and maintenance costs, but it will also help Camden achieve its goal of reducing energy use and achieving net zero emissions by 2050.  

The program is expected to start in July 2022 and be completed in December 2022.

 

What does the project involve?

More than 7,500 streetlights will be replaced with energy efficient and better quality LED alternatives.

The lights will provide the same level of lighting as existing streetlights but are much more energy efficient, saving money and helping us achieve our net zero emission goals.

Endeavour Energy will be undertaking the installations, with the project scheduled to start in July 2022 and to run until December 2022. Most work will be undertaken between 6am and 8pm to minimise disruption to residents.

 

Why upgrade to LEDs?

The LED lights have been approved for use by Endeavour Energy, the electricity network company that owns the lighting infrastructure and provides power to in the Camden Local Government Area.

The new lights will provide:

  • A more reliable lighting solution with more uniform levels of light;
  • Lower operational and maintenance costs, with savings of $6.7 million over 20 years; and
  • Environmental benefits saving 2,100 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent each year, or 42,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide over 20 years.

The lights have been tested to ensure they meet relevant Australian Standards for safety and light levels, and they perform better than the existing lights.

 

Why do this project now?

Council has been working on a range of projects to deliver improved sustainability and liveability for the community. This LED streetlight replacement program adds to the range of programs and projects being delivered to reduce our use of energy and work towards achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

LED lighting technology has advanced considerably and is a reliable and incredibly energy efficient alternative for public lighting compared with more traditional lighting such as Mercury Vapour or Metal Halide .

 

Which roads and streets are being upgraded?

Lights right across the Camden LGA will be upgraded in a rolling program between now and the end of the year.

Works are scheduled to commence in Spring Farm and Camden South in July 2022, followed by lights in Elderslie, Grasmere, Mount Annan and Narellan Vale in July and August 2022.

 

When does the project take place?

The installation works started in July and is expected to be completed by December 2022.

At most sites, work will take place between 6am and 8pm to minimise impacts on residents, however for some higher traffic roads, works may occur outside of these times to coincide with periods when traffic volumes are lowest.

Weather and other factors can result in delays.

 

How will the works affect my street on the day of installation?

The changeover of streetlights involves a single elevated work platform working from the road, with two to three crew members. It typically takes less than 10 minutes to replace a streetlight, so any disruptions to traffic flow in your street should not last long. All cars can remain parked on the streets and works will not block driveway access.

How much energy, greenhouse gas emissions and money will this project save?
This project will save energy and money, and dramatically reduce greenhouse emissions.

It will:

  • Replace more than 7,500 streetlights with more energy efficient LED alternatives;
  • Significantly reduce energy consumption and associated operation and maintenance costs;
  • Achieve energy and maintenance costs savings of approximately $6.7 million for Council over the next 20 years;
  • Save around 42,000 tonnes of greenhouse emissions between now and 2042; and
  • Reduce energy consumption by approximately 2,598 MWh per year, the equivalent of almost halving energy used for streetlighting.

 

Who owns the lights?

Streetlighting is owned and maintained by Endeavour Energy - the local distribution network service provider. Council is responsible for the costs associated with operating the streetlighting within the Camden LGA.

 

How long do the lights last?

LED lights have a much longer lifespan than traditional lights. The LED luminaires (globe) will last around 20 years.

 

How is the project being funded?

The project is being funded be Endeavour Energy, with Council responsible for payment of the remaining asset value of the lights that are being replaced. These costs are expected to be lower than the savings generated by the project in the first year.

 

How can I get more information?

For more information contact the Sustainability Team on 02 4654 7777 or sustainability@camden.nsw.gov.au.

Sustainability Advantage

In acknowledgement of its significant environmental achievements Camden Council was recently recognised as a Silver Partner of Sustainability Advantage, a program of the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE).

Sustainability Advantage helps organisations understand sustainability and strengthen their environmental performance. The program is a business support service from the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment and is open to all medium and large organisations and businesses in NSW.

Sustainability Strategy 2020-24: Resilient. Healthy. Connected.

Council has adopted a Sustainability Strategy to increase its focus on sustainability and work with the community  to achieve positive outcomes for the local environment.

The Strategy is a four-year plan that brings together actions that Council will implement to work towards a resilient, healthy and connected Camden, by covering five key themes:

        
  • Creating Sustainable Urban Environments – to embed sustainability principles into urban planning and design
  • Protecting Our Natural Environments – to improve biodiversity management and the health of our waterways
  • Improving Resilience to Climate Change – to understand the  climate risk for Camden and build resilience to climate and natural disasters
  • Building Sustainable Communities – to increase awareness, knowledge and capacity in our communities so that they can respond and  take action on sustainability issues
  • Leading By Example – to demonstrate leadership to the community by improving the sustainability performance of Council

Actions are identified in each of these themes along with success measures so that we can monitor our progress towards creating a sustainable Camden.

For more information contact Council on 4654 7777 or email sustainability@camden.nsw.gov.au.

Water Saving Initiatives

Council is aware of the need to conserve water and has adjusted its operations across a number of areas to minimise water use, particularly in outdoor situations.

Council currently operates under the Water Wise Guidelines obtained from Sydney Water. These guidelines include simple and common-sense actions that everyone is required to follow to save drinking water.

Council has made the following changes to comply with the Water Wise Guidelines and to become more water-wise:

  • Reprogramming irrigation systems to ensure that they only operate for 2 hours per day before 10am and after 4pm.
  • Slowly reducing the irrigation of gardens and lawns to encourage them to be less reliant on scheduled irrigation.
  • Contacting all regular users of council sportsgrounds and community facilities to ensure everyone is aware of the water wise requirements.
  • Looking for plants with low watering requirements for inclusion in future landscaping and streetscapes.
  • All contractors undertaking work on behalf of Council are contacted and requested to obtain any required exemptions when water restrictions are in effect. Copies of exemptions are then provided to Council. 

 If you have any concerns regarding water use by Council please contact Council on 4654 7777 or by email.

Any complaints regarding water use by businesses or members of the community should be directed to Sydney Water. Sydney Water have the ability to not only check the water use against the current exemptions but also to enforce water use, which Council is unable to do. You can report this information online or by calling 13 14 50.

Energy Saving Initiatives

Council actively manages energy consumption at its buildings and facilities, looking at the amount of electricity and gas used and how it is used. Energy saving opportunities identified are prioritised and implemented according to costs and payback period. Council has also installed solar photovoltaic cells on our Oran Park Administration building, The Mount Annan Leisure Centre, Narellan and Camden Libraries and the Narellan Child, Family and Community Centre. This means that these facilities are partly powered by the sun!

For more information about energy consumption at Council’s facilities contact Council on 4654 7777.

Sustainable Choice

Sustainable Choice provides guidance and support to its member councils to help them work toward procuring products and services that have environmental, social, financial and cultural benefits. By making informed procurement decisions based on quadruple bottom line considerations, councils can reduce their impacts and risks now and for the future. In many cases, long term cost savings to council occur as a result.

Sustainable procurement is also an effective way for councils to meet other responsibilities, such as energy and water saving plans, greenhouse and waste reduction strategies and community service and environmental obligations.

Camden Council became a member of Sustainable Choice on 8 July 2008.

Sustainable Choice is administered by Local Government Procurement and is a subsidiary of Local Government NSW.

Sustainable Events

Council facilitates a number of community events throughout the year. In 2012, Council formalised its commitment to facilitate sustainable events in the adoption of a Sustainable Events Policy. The objective of this policy is to provide guidelines, advice and standards to ensure events are operated in an environmentally sustainable manner. The policy ensures sustainable considerations for venue selection, transport, equipment and supplies, promotion, waste and information and handouts.

Keep NSW Beautiful (KNSWB)

Keep Australia Beautiful NSW (KABNSW) is an independent, not-for-profit organisation facilitating litter reduction and environmental sustainability.

KABNSW works with communities to educate and motivate environmental initiatives through its programs including Sustainable CitiesAwards, Take the Pledge, KABNSW Litter Congress, Community Litter Grants and EnviroMentors.

Council has been an active participant of the Tidy Towns Program and member of KABNSW since 1987. Council has also participated in the Sustainable Cities Program and more recently in EnviroMentors, a sustainability education program delivered in local primary schools.