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MEDIA RELEASE - Portland's CBD lights up

1 February 2018

Portland’s Central Business District is set to light up with a street lighting renewal project being rolled out in the town’s main retail precinct.

As part of the Portland CBD Lighting Upgrade, three new LED lights have been installed in adjoining laneways off Bentinck Street and Julia Street, offering an enhanced visitor and shopping experience for people as they walk between their favourite shops and dining outlets at night.

Glenelg Shire Council environmental sustainability coordinator Adam Smith said the project would provide a number of lasting benefits.

“Visiting the CBD at night will be even safer for residents thanks to the new lighting, which will provide a brighter and safer walking path while reducing unwanted light pollution (light spill),” he said.

“The new LED lights are also enabled with smart technology as the shire continues to innovate with key digital infrastructure. This technology will allow the lights to be monitored and controlled remotely. These will be the first of their type installed in South West Victoria.

“Furthermore, thanks to this new energy efficient technology there will be a 68 per cent reduction in electricity costs. The benefits speak for themselves as we help create a safer and greener Glenelg Shire.”

Mr Smith added that the lights would also have a direct benefit for businesses, providing an option for longer opening hours.

“It is hoped that these new lights will help better serve community events such as midnight sales, allowing our businesses to have freedom with night time opening hours,” he said.

Additional LED street lights will be installed in the coming months along Percy Street and Bentinck Street retail strips.

A total of 46 new LED lights, 14 in Bentinck Street and 32 in Percy Street, will replace the current street lighting.

Discussions are occurring with Powercor on the timing of the installations to ensure minimal disruption to the retail sector. Local businesses and community members will be notified when these installations are set to take place.

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