Bass Coast,

Councils Focus On Further Efficiencies

Bass Coast Shire Council’s Wonthaggi Civic Centre and two South Gippsland Shire Council buildings are being evaluated for energy efficiency improvements thanks to a Federal Government grant of almost $125,000 secured in partnership by the two councils.

Under the three year ‘Efficient Buildings by the Coast’ project, work has already begun to install efficient lighting, upgrade air-conditioning units and efficient tapware to slash the total energy consumptions of these buildings.

Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Kimberley Brown, said Council’s Low Carbon work has identified that the Wonthaggi Civic Centre uses more energy than any other Council owned and managed building.

“This project replaces the heating and cooling system in Council’s Civic Meeting space and is expected to save 32 tonnes of CO2-e (carbon equivalent gases),” Cr Brown said.

“The old system was at the end of its life and contains the refrigerant R22, which is being phased out by the Australian Government.”

The new system saves energy because it more efficient; however Council has also invested in further efficiencies by adding a central control system so the unit can be turned off when the area is not in use.

Fresh air is pulled through the system, reducing the need to heat and cool if the outside temperature is similar to the inside temperature.

The project also upgraded lighting in this space to LED technology and added sensors so that lights can no longer be left on when not in use.

This is expected to save 14 tonnes of CO2-e.

In total the project is expected to save Council 55 tonnes of CO2-e every year.

“This project is another successful partnership with South Gippsland that is delivering wins for both ratepayers and the environment," Cr Brown said.

Other recent partnerships undertaken by the two councils have included the Sustainable Street-lighting Project, the development of the Southern Gippsland Food Map and a shared Litter Enforcement Officer.

“With rising costs it makes sense to work smarter and share our resources for the benefit of the community,” Cr Brown said.

For further information on the project contact Council’s Climate Change and Sustainability Coordinator, Liza Horsburgh Price, 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211.