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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 our City's 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 the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions by local government in Australia. This project will reduce carbon emissions 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.

The rollout schedule will include parts of the following areas:

  • West Lakes
  • West Lakes Shore
  • Semaphore Park
  • Tennyson
  • Grange
  • Seaton
  • Findon
  • Henley Beach
  • Fulham Gardens
  • Kidman Park
  • Allenby Gardens
  • Brompton
  • Ridleyton
  • Athol Park
  • Pennington

Public lighting FAQs

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. Around 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 installed 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.

Our Public Lighting Asset Management Plan gives us direction on managing public lighting in a way that is environmentally friendly, cost-effective and efficient.

We are currently in the process of reviewing the 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.