Broken Hill City

Is a Power Partner

26% energy cost reduction

As the Local Government Authority, Council has a leadership role to ensure that the City remains vibrant and healthy for future generations. We have an obligation to treat the natural environment with care and minimise the impact we have today. Many of the environmental challenges our community faces are similar to those experienced around the world and as such sustainability must be given a greater focus to ensure our region’s future for generations following us. The City of Broken Hill City welcomes the opportunity to commit to the Cities Power Partnership and looks forward to the opportunity to learn and share knowledge with other partners and stakeholders in the program.”

Mayor Darriea Turley

Partnership Action Pledge

Our power partners are committed to switching to non-polluting energy and reducing emissions in their communities.

Investigate opportunities for Council buildings and facilities to achieve 100% renewable status – Install renewable energy (solar PV and battery storage) on council buildings for example childcare facilities, libraries, street lighting, recreation centres, sporting grounds, and council offices.

Rollout LED street lighting with smart controls. Council is working with other southern Councils in NSW on the Southern Lights Project to reduce energy usage and maintenance of its street lighting infrastructure with the introduction of LED street lighting with smart controls.

Public lighting can use a large proportion of a city’s energy budget – roll out energy efficient lighting (particularly street lighting) across the municipality.

Renew and improve our cycling, walking and mobility connections to reduce carbon emissions and increase our city’s liveability.

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).

Introduction of hybrid or electric vehicles to Council’s fleet as part of fleet replacement.

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

Achieve 100% renewable status for the City of Broken Hill by 2030.

Set city-level renewable energy or emissions reduction targets and sustainable energy policies to provide a common goal and shared expectations for local residents and businesses.

Broken Hill City

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

Broken Hill and the surrounding region is a leader in the renewable energy sector in Australia – home to the AGL Broken Hill Solar Plant (the second largest installation of its kind in Australia) that feeds enough energy into the grid each year to power the city’s residential power needs more than two and a half times over. The Silverton Wind Farm, currently under construction will further bolster the region’s renewable industry by generating up to six times the amount of electricity that the solar plant produces.  Broken Hill City Council has a welcoming approach to renewable energy developments and Council is committed to its position as a regional advocate to secure government and industry support to grow the region’s renewable energy industry. This platform is also supported by Council’s Smart City Framework that endorses key elements designed to reduce human impact on our environment.

Since 2010,  Broken Hill City Council and its partners have achieved significant in-roads into environmental management and awareness including introducing a community-wide recycling strategy, opening a Community Recycling Centre, delivering community water sustainability and waste education campaigns and workshops, introducing a free TV Recycling Program, installing a weighbridge at the waste depot and forming a Memorandum of Understanding with the he Broken Hill Environmental Lead Program (BHELP) outlining a number of lead remediation projects to June 2020 aimed at managing and minimising exposure to lead in the local environment and addressing blood lead levels, particularly in children. Council also monitors its energy consumption through the subscription service Planet Footprint.

During 2012-2016 Council undertook a major LED lighting project to assist in reducing energy costs. A combination of the results of this project included changing energy suppliers for our larger sites, gaining a reduced kW/hour price and reduced usage at some sites has reduced Council’s energy costs from $480,350 at the commencement of the reporting period to $356,871 by the final year of the reporting period.

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

Council is committed to continuing the legacy of its forefathers, seeking solutions in collaboration with stakeholders to environmental problems that will ensure the protection of Australia’s only Heritage Listed City. Council is keen to work with multiple partners to grow knowledge and demonstrate the region’s suitability for renewable energy projects that will reduce the impact of the human footprint including a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions through the development of energy efficient infrastructure projects, the continued minimisation of waste, the reuse and recycling of resources and through educational programs to bring residents with us on the journey.

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

Broken Hill City Council wants to continue the City’s reputation as an Australian leader in environmental management.

In the 1930s mining and pastoralism prospered in Broken Hill. The environment, however, did not. Soul destroying dust storms resulted from the huge amount of land clearing around the City. Environmental innovator Albert Morris’s concept of a ‘green belt’ around the City was strongly supported by mining legends WS Robinson and AJ Keast. These men shared Morris’s belief that a vegetation zone surrounding the city would shield it from the destructive force of dust. Volunteers planted eucalypts, saltbush, wattle and other natives over 22 acres of denuded land to re-anchor the soil. A rabbit-proof fence encircled the area to prevent animal access to the seedlings. This is a common occurrence now but was visionary in the 1930s. The innovative work of Albert Morris, William Sydney (WS) Robinson and Asdruebal James (AJ) Keast earned them reputations as pioneer environmentalists whose ideas have since been copied by mining cities across Australia and the world.

As Broken Hill localswe know this place is something special. From its rich mining history, to its unique outback location and the colourful, brilliant characters it has produced, Broken Hill has always been just a little bit different. But in January 2015, the entire nation stood up and acknowledged just how important Broken Hill is by adding our whole City to the National Heritage List – an Australian first. As caretakers of Australia’s First Nationally Heritage Listed City, Broken Hill City Council is focussed on developing tripartite relationships across the all tiers of Government and partnerships with private investors and philanthropists to protect a national asset. Through Council’s Community Strategic Planning process, the community expressed a number of significant aspirations for the future which included reducing resource consumption and minimising waste, increased use and innovation of renewable resources and decrease of the use of non- renewable resources, the reuse and recycling of resources and planning for the minimisation of environmental impacts associated with mining activity on the City.

This partnership provides Council and the community to work in collaboration with other Council’s and stakeholders to investigate best practice, share opportunities and knowledge and ensure that a national asset is protected for generations to come.

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