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How many Council workers does it take to change a light bulb?

How many Council workers does it take to change a light bulb?

Let’s ask that again … how many Council workers does it take to change a light bulb and make a difference?


That’s one sustainability officer and a workshop team leader, working together to change 177 fittings and reduce the building’s CO2 emissions by a solid 27 tonnes.

Byron Shire Council’s sustainability officer Sandi Middleton said in looking for opportunities to reduce Council’s carbon foot print, the depot had been in her sights for a while.

“From a walk around the building with the Byron depot workshop team leader, Rod Teale, it was quickly identified that a lighting upgrade had significant potential for genuine savings.

“From an initial outlay of $23,500 the payback period is just over two years and the return on investment over the life of the lighting fittings is over $200,000,” she said.

Mayor Simon Richardson said it was an impressive outcome and had the same impact of removing 9 cars from the road, or the equivalent of energy use in 12 homes over a year.

“Plus, we have the added benefit of investing the savings back into Council’s revolving energy fund and further grow our energy savings and reduce our emissions.

“Potential next projects include the energy upgrades at community halls, Sandhills Childcare Centre and sports field lighting.

“Setup over five years ago, the revolving energy fund has produced some great outcomes for energy efficiency savings since it first started with solar at the Brunswick Valley Community Centre,” he said.

Rod Teale with Sandi Middleton checking out the new Depot lights

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Byron Shire is located at Australia's eastern-most point with a population of almost 29,000. It is a thriving community where residents and visitors live, work and play in a sustainable environment and where Council strives to deliver the highest standard of local government services and infrastructure.