Randwick City Council
Is a Power Partner
solar on council & community sites
2.4kW small scale wind turbine
Low Carbon Future Plan
Randwick Council is proud to support such an important initiative that facilitates on-ground action by local Councils across Australia on the increasingly serious issue of Climate Change. Through the Cities Power Partnership, Randwick has gained the opportunity to collaborate with other proactive councils, access practical resources, and demonstrate its commitment to a clean energy futureMayor Kathy Neilson
Partnership Action Pledge
Our power partners are committed 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.
Randwick City Council
Congratulations to Randwick City Council in NSW who is a Round 2 member of the Cities Power Partnership!
What council has council achieved in the past in energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable transport or broader sustainability?
Randwick Council’s clean energy transition has progressed through an innovative environmental levy program. Over the years, this program has provided energy saving rebates for residents, established the first local government
emissions trading scheme with 11 other NSW councils, installed energy saving and renewable technologies across more than a dozen sites, and developed a comprehensive range of behavioural change programs for staff, residents,
schools and businesses.
In partnership with neighbouring councils, Randwick has further developed a strategic approach on energy savings, renewable energy deployment, carbon abatement and climate change adaptation. This roadmap is outlined in the draft
Eastern Suburbs Low Carbon Future plan.
Randwick Council has now installed more than 200 kilowatts (kW) of solar PV across Council and community sites as well as a 2.4kW small-scale wind turbine at the Randwick Community Centre. These on-site renewable energy
projects in conjunction with ongoing GreenPower investment for all Council sites seeks to reduce Council’s reliance on fossil fuels and encourage the development of renewable energy sources.
Randwick Council continues to encourage residents to reduce their carbon and ecological footprint, offering free sustainable living workshops, energy saving excursions for local school students, an annual Eco Living Fair, solar
power information nights (through the Our Energy Future initiative), and monthly open days at a sustainability demonstration house as part of our 3-Council collaboration project.
This collaboration has also established a coordinated program to install public electric vehicle charging stations and assist local schools install solar.
What council hopes to achieve in the future in energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable transport or broader sustainability
Council has recently adopted a zero emission target by 2030 and will continue to explore rapidly advancing energy saving and renewable energy solutions including the rollout of rooftop solar, energy efficiency, and both active and
sustainable transportation options.
As part of the Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (SSROC) Streetlighting Improvement Program, Randwick is planning to replace over 4,000 pre-2009 streetlights with modern LEDs. This upgrade will reduce our
annual streetlight energy consumption by approximately 1,200 MWh and greenhouse gas emissions by 1,270 tonnes of CO 2 -e.
As a member of the Cities Power Partnership, Randwick seeks to gain a greater understanding of both its own and its communities’ emission profiles. With this increased understanding, Council will continue its investment and
commitment to achieving energy savings for its operations, its community and for improved environmental outcomes.
What council hopes to gain from being a member of the Cities Power Partnership
Randwick Council recognises that climate change is something that affects every community in Australia and across the world. It’s sensible and responsible to work in collaboration with our local government colleagues and our collective communities of businesses, schools and industry to address and respond to the changes occurring around us from Climate Change.