Public lighting

Street Lighting and LED Lighting Rollout

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).

The City of Charles Sturt, in partnership with SA Power Networks and their subsidiary company Enerven is delivering the bulk lamp replacement of street lights across the City. Over 9,800 of Councils old and inefficient street lights will be replaced with new LED lighting.  The roll out will take up to 3 years to complete with an anticipated budget of over $3m. The initiative is expected to cut Council street light energy and maintenance costs by up 75 per cent, saving ratepayers almost $13 million over the project’s 20-year span.

Switching to LED lighting will save ratepayers’ money, help protect the environment and will improve visibility on roads and footpaths. During the roll out Council will also be considering how best to respond to community requests for lighting as well as tackling lighting needs in priority areas around the City. Street lighting is also the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions by local government in Australia and this project will see carbon emissions reduced by more than 1600 tonnes of greenhouse gases a year.

Charles Sturt, Marion and Mitcham and Councils have also joined forces to become the first local government consortium in Australia to benefit from the creation and sale of Australian Carbon Credits from LED street lighting. Replacing the old and inefficient street lights will result in Council generating and selling up to $12,000 worth of carbon credits each year.

For more information regarding this project including the roll out schedule and FAQ’s please refer to the Enerven Website.

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

We have over 900 areas of open space, reserves and squares within Charles Sturt and approximately 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, the Grange Jetty Precinct and sporting grounds.

To improve energy efficiency and environmental outcomes we commenced installing LED (Light Emitting Diode) lighting throughout the City in 2009 and all new reserve and open space lighting projects now make use of this improved technology.

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.

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.

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.

The City of Charles Sturt are currently in the process of reviewing their Public Lighting Asset Management Plan.

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 Contact 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.