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New LED Street Lights on the way for the Northern Inland

29 June 2015

Seven Northern Inland councils have now accepted offers from Essential Energy to upgrade their street lighting to the latest LED technology under RDA Northern Inland's (NSW) Northern Lights Project.

Developed and administered by RDANI, the Northern Lights project received $576,000 of funding from the Australian Government to assist councils with the capital cost of the new lights.

The lights will be progressively rolled out in the second half of this year across Armidale Dumaresq, Guyra, Glen Innes Severn, Tenterfield, Inverell, Gwydir and Walcha Shire Local Government Areas.

The project,—the first broad scale rollout of LED technology in regional NSW, is also a trial by Essential Energy of two models of LED streetlights to compare reliability and performance. The number of lights to be replaced has increased from 4,700 to over 5,000 which further improves the return on the funding to the Australian Government.

RDANI Chair Russell Stewart noted that the work done is exactly the type of collaborative project that Regional Development Australia Committees should be brokering.

“This was a complex project requiring lengthy negotiations with Essential Energy to bring the new technology to our region, as well as coordinating Commonwealth, State and seven local government agencies” he said.

“As a result, towns in our region will soon be on par with the likes of Sydney, Melbourne, Los Angeles, Seattle and London in adopting the latest lighting developments”.

For more information on RDA Northern Inland's Northern Lights Project, please visit the RDA Northern Inland website.

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