Randwick City Council Partnership Action Pledge
Our power partners are commited to switching to non-polluting energy and reducing emissions in their communities.
Provide council resources to educate and support the uptake of renewable energy, such as by hiring an internal renewable energy support officer or establishing an independent body (such as the Moreland and Yarra Energy Foundations). Our Energy Future (OEF) via Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (SSROC). Our Energy Future is a free energy advice service designed to assist residents reduce their energy consumption and environmental footprint. Through the Our Energy Future program, residents can attend workshops on energy saving and rooftop solar, speak with independent experts on a free energy advice hotline, and access vetted installers of solar and energy efficient technologies.
Support community facilities accessing renewable energy through incentives, support or grants. Solar My School is a 3-Council program (Waverley, Woollahra and Randwick) which provides independent support and guidance to primary and secondary schools looking to install solar. Through this program, local schools gain access to a free independent solar assessment, funding and payment advice, educational resources for students, and support throughout the tender and installation process. This program is now working with more than half of the 64 schools in the Eastern Suburbs.
Power council operations by renewables, directly (with solar PV or wind), or by purchasing Greenpower (from electricity retailers). Set targets to increase the level of renewable power for council operations over time. Randwick City Council has jointly tendered alongside 18 other councils to purchase 20% of their combined electricity load from a new large-scale renewable energy project outside of the Sydney region. Randwick Council will also have the opportunity to scale up the percentage of renewables progressively over time.
Provide fast-charging infrastructure throughout the city at key locations for electric vehicles. Council will be installing 4 public charging stations for electric vehicles (EVs) across Randwick by the end of 2018 as part of its 3-Council collaboration with neighbouring Waverley and Woollahra Councils. These stations will be located at key points across the eastern suburbs and is intended to support take-up of EVs across the region.
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). Randwick City Council is planning walking and cycling streetscape improvements to better connect with the new light rail infrastructure in the area. Two new bi-directional separated cycleway routes with associated pedestrian improvements, landscape planting and street safety upgrades are being developed. These will connect Centennial Park to the new Kingsford Light Rail Terminus, and connect the Kingsford Light Rail Terminus to the existing on-road coastal cycle network at South Coogee. These routes form part of Council's long-term bicycle route priority plan prepared in 2015. The project is funded by NSW Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) under the Active Transport Program, an initiative to strengthen active transport in key areas.