Brighton Council

Is a Power Partner
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Installed new bike lanes in streetscape upgrade

30kW Solar PV

Council works depot installation

Brighton Council has identified that one of our key focus areas is to promote sustainable practices throughout council, local businesses and the community. We are thrilled to be partners in the City Power Partnership with the Climate Council and like-minded Councils and communities. We see this as an excellent chance to provide leadership on tackling climate change and transforming our energy future so that we become a more efficient and resilient community. The Cities Power Partnership also provides an exciting opportunity to build capacity through sharing knowledge with other councils and communities across the nation.

Mayor Tony Foster

What council has achieved in the past in energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable transport or broader sustainability

In 2016 Brighton Council’s Works Depot building was fitted with 120 photovoltaic panels with a combined peak output of 30kW. Council also had an energy audit prepared in 2016 for the main Council chambers building which identified up to $14K worth of savings per annum. Council have begun implementing the recommendations, which include installing heat pumps, replacing lights with LED, improved insulation and solar installations.

Council has recently installed new bicycle lanes and wider footpaths as part of its streetscape upgrades of Brighton township and has begun upgrades on the walking trail and pedestrian network between the suburbs of Bridgewater and Gagebrook/Herdsman’s Cove to encourage sustainable transport options and improve mobility.

There is a Home Energy Audit Toolkit (HEAT) available for residents to borrow free of charge to measure the energy efficiency of specific home appliances.

Council has participated in the Southern Tasmanian Councils Authority’s Regional Climate Change Initiative since 2011. Recently, participating Council’s have partnered with Sustainable Living Tasmania and contributed funds for a Home Energy Bulk Buy program aimed at reducing installation costs for energy efficiency products such as heat pumps, solar installations, insulation etc for residents.

What council hopes to achieve in the future in energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable transport or broader sustainability

Council hopes to achieve improvements in energy efficiency and greenhouse emissions within its own operations and to communicate our achievements to the wider community and to be seen as a leader in this space. As our knowledge and capacity in this area grows we hope to be able to assist the community to implement their own energy efficiency measures to reduce the cost of power bills. In the longer term, Council hope to be able to be involved in the provision of small to medium scale renewable energy projects such as wind and solar farms.

What council hopes to gain from being a member of the Cities Power Partnership

As a council area that is part urban fringe in the Greater Hobart area and part rural hub for the Southern Midlands and Coal River Valley areas Brighton Council hopes to be a leader in sustainability in the region and the State. Council staff are passionate about energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse emissions, but being small Council lacks a dedicated officer in this space. Through our pledges and the resources and knowledge sharing offered through the Cities Power Partnership, Council sees this partnership as an opportunity to focus our limited resources on achieving sustainable outcomes across our operations and community.

Brighton Council Action Pledge Coming Soon!

In the meantime, check out some pledges that councils can choose from:

Set up meetings and attend events, such as the Community Energy Congress or Cities Power Partnership Summit, where like-minded cities can address common concerns and learn from others’ experience.

Consider disincentives for driving high emitting vehicles such as congestion pricing, or a tiered payment system for residential car parking permits where high emitting vehicles pay more.

Encourage sustainable transport use (public transport, walking and cycling) through Council transport planning and design. Substantial savings in transport energy use can be achieved by designing more compact cities with access to high quality public and active transport services and facilities.

Providing for adequate cycle lanes (both space and connectivity) in road design and supporting cyclists through providing parking, and end-of-ride facilities (covered, secure bike storage, showers, bicycle maintenance and incentives).

Ensure Council fleet purchases meet strict greenhouse gas emissions requirements and support the uptake of electric vehicles.

Promote knowledge sharing and strengthen the local community’s capacity and skills in renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable transport.

For communities reliant on a local coal industry, local government can support the transition away from fossil fuels, by lobbying for state and federal support for a just transition for workers, families and the community and encouraging local economic development and opportunities based on a low carbon economy.

Adopt best practice energy efficiency measures across all council buildings, and support community facilities to adopt these measures.

Support community facilities accessing renewable energy through incentives, support or grants.

Support community energy projects (with location and planning support) so that residents (such as renters) can band together and invest in community renewable energy projects.

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