Blue Mountains is Light Years Ahead: Blue Mountains mayor Mark Greenhill, Cr Don McGregor and WSROC president Cr Tony Hadchiti watch on as various power-saving lights are demonstrated.The Blue Mountains now has 662 new LED street lightsthanks to a project co-ordinated by the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) and partlyfunded by the federalgovernment.

Selected parts of Faulconbridge, Katoomba, Leura, Linden, Springwood, Valley Heights, Winmalee and Yellow Rock had the lights installed as part of the Light Years Ahead project.

The project is estimated to save participating councils $20 million and 74,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions over 20 years. Thesesavings are significant as street lighting makes up about55 per centof councilenergy costs. The emission savings are equivalent to taking 37,000 cars off the road each year over a 20 year period.

Endeavour Energy crews replaced the old mercury vapour streetlights, with most of these components beingrecycled.

“I am proud that the city is part of the Light Years Ahead project. This initiative certainly aligns with the Blue Mountains community’s strategic direction of a sustainable economy and environmental protection,” said Blue Mountains mayor Mark Greenhill.

“It is also a great example of how councils can co-operate with each other and other levels of government to deliver broader benefits for all.”

WSROC president, Cr Tony Hadchiti, said:“It is clear that our residents support western Sydney councils’ energy-saving initiatives including this project. Residents have been installing solar in their homes for some years now and they are watching their energy usage, upgrading appliances and doing what they can within their own household budgets.”

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