The City of Swan

Is a Power Partner


reduction in lighting emissions annually


rooftop solar installed

The City of Swan is excited to be involved in the Cities Power Partnership as it allows us to actively continue to increase our energy efficiency in a meaningful pledge-based program. As an outer metropolitan council growing at 3.7%, the Cities Power Partnership is a great fit for our rapidly expanding population and community, as we can focus on realistic goals rather than a straight emission reduction strategy. The diverse approach will give us a strong chance of success internally and for our community.

Mayor Mick Wainwright

Partnership Action Pledge

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



Install renewable energy systems (solar PV) on council buildings.

Solar PV systems to be installed at these facilities during the pledge period:

  • Ballaiura Aquatic Centre
  • Woodlake Community Centre
  • Percy Cullen Oval Pavillion
  • Midland Sports Complex

Planning for solar PV systems at these facilities to be undertaken during the pledge period:

  • Operations Centre (may also be implemented during the pledge period)
  • Altone Park Leisure Centre to be implemented subsequently, as part of scheduled building renewal.

Encourage local businesses and residents to take up solar PV, battery storage and solar hot water heating.

City of Swan joined the Switch Your Thinking program in 2017/18, which offers renewable energy incentives to local businesses and residents, ie. discounts on items to help them save water and energy, and reduce waste. This will be promoted during the pledge period for uptake by Swan’s community. The Thinking Green workshop series in January to June 2018 will provide community education opportunities to encourage local residents to use renewable energy in, and improve the energy efficiency of their homes.

Adopt best practice energy efficiency measures across all council buildings. Projects to be undertaken during the pledge period include:

  • LED lighting upgrade at Ballajura Aquatic Centre
  • Planning for LED lighting upgrade and renewal of the solar water heating system at Altone Park Leisure Centre – to be implemented as part of scheduled building renewal
  • An energy and efficiency report to be prepared for Swan Park Leisure Centre based on an energy audit done previously, to provide clear strategy for upcoming major works.

Provide for adequate cycle lanes (both space and connectivity) in road design and support cyclists through providing parking, and end of trip facilities (such as covered, secure bike storage, showers, bicycle maintenance and incentives).

Projects to be undertaken during the pledge period include:

  • Cycle lanes to be planned along Morrison Road and Great Northern Highway
  • The City’s CycleConnect Strategy will be reviewed and superseded by a new Cycle Plan to drive improvement of cycleways and end of trip facilities in Swan.

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.

The City will begin collecting and publishing corporate emissions data by June 30, 2018. Funds will be allocated to model the City’s ‘Business as Usual’ emission trajectory in 2018/19 and a reduction target below this trajectory will be set by the end of the pledge period.

The City of Swan

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

The City of Swan has been active in energy efficiency for a number of years, using a holistic approach across the organisation and community. In this time we have completed a total LED retrofit of our administration building, reducing lighting emissions by 61% each year, and installed more than 70kW of rooftop solar panels with plans for substantial further investment in coming years. We have also developed a comprehensive community education program called Thinking Green, trialled electric fleet vehicles and installed two charging stations. The City has targeted efficiency in our fleet emissions and also developed a comprehensive waste management approach, including education and innovative recycling opportunities.

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

The City of Swan intends to develop our activity in energy efficiency in coming years with further rollouts of current initiatives and by seeking new opportunities to drive energy efficiency within our organisation and community. Internal initiatives will be supported with the continued development of a comprehensive and responsive community education program. Specifically, in coming years we aim to introduce LED lighting more widely wherever feasible, to further reduce lighting emissions, to continue with the installation of rooftop solar in keeping with current investment plans and to introduce electric fleet vehicles and further charging stations. We will continue to target efficiency in our fleet emissions and will push a comprehensive waste management approach, including education and innovative recycling.

Why council joined the Cities Power Partnership 

The Council joined the Cities Power Partnership because we want to be a part of, and a leader in the push for more energy efficient and environmentally responsible councils. We are excited to begin working with other like-minded Councils. By sharing information and ideas, in this national collaborative approach, we can move forward and achieve greater outcomes for the benefit of all.

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