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Public Lighting

Public Lighting

Street Lighting

Lights in Reserves

What it Costs

Environmental Considerations

Our Public Lighting Asset Management Plan

How to Report Faulty Lights

Public Lighting Projects for 2014/2015

Previous Projects 2013/2014

 Street Lighting

Charles Sturt, in conjunction with SA Power Networks (SAPN - previously ETSA Utilities) continues to improve the street lighting across our city. We are responsible for all street lighting on local roads and share responsibility for lighting on the main road network (arterial roads) with Department of Planning, Transport & Infrastructure (DPTI)

There are three different ways that we manage street lights, but by far the most common way is for us to pay SAPN to provide services to us. These arrangements are:

  • Energy Only (EO) where Council owns and maintains the lights itself;
  • Customer Lighting Equipment Rate (CLER) where Council owns the lights and asks SAPN to maintain them for it; and
  • Street Lighting Use of Systems (SLUOS) where SAPN owns and maintains the street lights.

In Charles Sturt there are about 12,685 street lights being:

  • EO – 104 lights
  • CLER – 933 lights
  • SLUoS – 11,658 lights

We commenced installing white energy efficient lights since 2007.  We now have 10.27% of our street lights being energy efficient.  This is made up of:

  • Fluorescent 40W – 23 lights
  • Fluorescent T5 2x14W – 45 lights
  • Fluorescent CFL 42W – 1,155 lights
  • LEDs 25-45W – 81 lights

Council has in total 17,192 lights – 14,100 of which are street lights (maintained by others).

432 of the 14,100 are considered energy efficient, or 3.06%

Lights are replaced, or new lights are installed in response to resident requests and as part of the annual works programs undertaken by Charles Sturt and SAPN.

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Lights in Reserves

Charles Sturt owns, operates, maintains and replaces all lights on its reserve, open space areas and squares for enjoyment by residents and visitors.

There are two different ways that we do this. These arrangements are:

  • Metered lights where the amount of power we use is measured and charged (just like in your home); and
  • Energy Only (EO) where the ‘measured load’ from load tables is used to calculate the amount of power we use (the same as what happens for street lighting).

We have over 900 areas of open space, reserves and squares within Charles Sturt and 120 of these areas have lighting.  Some examples include River Torrens Linear Park from Port Road to the coast, bollard and post top lighting around the lake in West Lakes, Henley Square and the Grange Precinct car parks, sports grounds.

In Charles Sturt there are about 1,620 lights in reserve areas.  We commenced installing LED (Light Emitting Diode) lighting in 2009 and have now installed 193 of them.  We now have 26.73% of our reserve lights being energy efficient.  This is made up of:

  • Fluorescent 40W –  17 lights
  • Fluorescent T5  – 11 lights
  • Fluorescent CFL 42W – 212 lights
  • LEDs 25-45W –  193 lights

Lights are replaced, or new lights are installed in response to resident requests and as part of the annual works programs undertaken by Charles Sturt.  All matters dealing with reserve lighting including requests for new lighting and faults should be reported to the Council.

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What it Costs

Our current expenditure on electricity supply and maintenance is $2.1 million per year and a further $200,000 per year for minor street light improvements.

We also spend about $0.8-1.0 million per year on lighting projects in the open space areas.

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Environmental Considerations

Street and reserve lighting is mainly provided for safe environments for enjoying recreational and travel activities.  Due to the number of lights, as a group they have significant impact on the environment.  

In recent years manufacturers and designers have increasingly moved toward light fittings which do not use dangerous materials (e.g. mercury), do not require energy hungry manufacturing processes, use as little power as possible when operating, last as long as possible with little maintenance, and during disposal as much as possible can be recycled.

The recent development of LED lighting addresses all these considerations and we have been using them in our own reserves and advocating with SAPN to adopt this technology.

We have recently decided that our initial choice for any new, or replacement light is the LED light and we are seeking to have them installed in streets and reserves across the city.

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Our Public Lighting Asset Management Plan

The City Of Charles Sturt as a local government authority is in the business of providing a range of services to the community. One of these services is the management of the public lighting infrastructure throughout the Council area.

The City of Charles Sturt has an obligation to its ratepayers to manage these physical assets so that an acceptable level of service is maintained and improvement initiatives implemented in an efficient and cost-effective manner. In addition, Council has the obligation to manage assets in an environmentally friendly and sustainable way.

To fulfil this role and responsibility of providing a long-term cost effective management of the assets, Council has developed asset management plans (AMP) that can provide a long-term financial and management framework. The Public Lighting Asset Management Plan links long-term investment to Council’s strategic goals and desired day-to-day service level standards.

The purpose of this AMP is to:

  • Demonstrate responsible stewardship;
  • Define and articulate how the lighting is and will be managed to achieve the organisation’s objectives;
  • Provide a basis for customer consultation to determine the appropriate levels of service;
  • Manage risk of asset failure;
  • Achieve savings by optimising whole of life costs; and
  • Support long term financial planning.

For a full copy of the plan please click > Asset Management Plan for Public Lighting 

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How to Report Faulty Lights

Street Lights

Faulty street lights are reported directly to SA Power Networks for repair by calling Faults & Emergencies on 13 13 66 or online at SAPN Report a Faulty Street Light

Reserve Lights (include all lake edge lighting)

Faulty reserve lights or lake edge lighting can be reported by calling the Customer Service Centre on 8408 1111, by email or through our online Requests, Compliments, Complaints form

Traffic Lights

You can report faulty traffic lights to the Department of Planning, Transport & Infrastructure's Traffic Management Centre on 1800 018 313

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Public Lighting Projects for 2014/2015

We will be upgrading public lighting in:

  • Jubilee Carparks in Jubilee Reserve Semaphore Park
  • Station Place Hindmarsh
  • Parfitt Square Brompton
  • River Torrens Linear Park - River Street to West Torrens Council boundary
  • Freshwater Lake West Lakes - Stage 3
  • Lake Edge Lighting on Delfin Island
    • Corcoran Drive 
    • Powell Court
  • Henley Square
  • Woodville South Football Club - Ledger Reserve, Ledger Road Woodville South

And installing new lighting in:

  • Moorefield Terrace Allenby Gardens
  • Anthea Reserve West Lakes - along Shared Use Path
  • Grange Lakes Grange - along Shared Use Path

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Previous Projects 2013/2014

Last financial year we upgraded public lighting in various locations including:

  • Thomas Harkness Reserve Brompton.
  • Sunlake Place to Oarsman Reserve West Lakes - Lake Front.
  • Samoa Reserve Delfin Island.
  • John Hindmarsh Frontage Reserve Brompton. (Brompton Estate)

Locations in Linear Park:

  • From Findon Road to Frogmore Road along the Linear Park Kidman Park & Fulham Gardens
  • From River Street to Sir William Goodman Bridge Hindmarsh.

 For further information contact our Transport Officer by email or by phone on 8408 1111.

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