Electricity reduced

powerlinesChristmas lights may be turning on across the North Shore, but residential electricity consumption in Willoughby City has fallen by a massive 18.6 per cent since 2006/07.

The decrease is being celebrated by Willoughby Council, along with a 9.8 per cent electricity reduction by the non-residential (small and large businesses) community.

The impressive figures are just some of the findings reported in Council’s Sustainability Report Card, part of the Willoughby City Annual Report, that show the Willoughby community has embraced an environmentally conscious lifestyle.

“This is an incredible effort by our local community. Willoughby Council promotes sustainability to our residents through a raft of initiatives, workshops and programs – but at the end of the day, it is our residents and business owners who have adopted better ways of living and working, and are now making a real difference. Congratulations!” said Willoughby Mayor, Gail Giles-Gidney.

“The two electricity consumption figures combined equate to an overall decrease of 12 per cent, which is extremely close to the ‘aspirational’ target of 15 per cent reduction by 2015, set out in Council’s Sustainability Action Plan.  Let’s make 2015 the year to reduce our energy even further,” Mayor Gail added.

Other key results from the Sustainability Report Card include:

  •  Council reducing its own electricity consumption by more than 25 per cent since the last financial year; and
  •  Increasing its renewable energy generation by 23 per cent through initiatives like a solar power farm that helps power several Council buildings. The solar farm produced 231,723kWh which is the equivalent of supplying 100 per cent solar power to 28 Willoughby homes for a whole year. It also saved around 250 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions and close to a saving of $60,000 in electricity costs.
  •  Waste to landfill diversion by residents has improved by 14 per cent (since 2012/13), down to a historic low of 152kgs/person/year.
  •  287 Bushcare volunteers provided more than 4,580 hours of assistance to keep Willoughby’s bushland areas in pristine condition in the last year.
  •  A further 112 Willoughby businesses joined the Better Business Program in the last year, an initiative run by Willoughby, Lane Cove, North Sydney and Ku-ring-gai Councils to help local businesses improve their sustainability

One area identified as needing improvement is community water consumption, which increased 4.5 per cent in the past year.

Local residents are encouraged to attend one of Council’s many sustainability workshops or events in 2015. Learn how to save energy and water, reuse or recycle waste, reduce household costs, or even keep your own worm farm. Visit www.willoughby.nsw.gov.au for the full list of 2015 workshops or to sign up to the Local Living newsletter.

The full Sustainability Action Plan Report Card and Annual Report can be viewed at www.willoughbynsw.gov.au  


More on traffic

They are doing the line markings on Fullers Road this weekend and it has slowed down the traffic somewhat due to the one lane coming down from the Pacific Highway, but it is still no better at Greville St and coming to Fullers/Millwood/Range Street corner and so many cars push in from the left after the Greville Street lights.  It is still such a dangerous section of road.
I also wish to mention that there does not seem to be any programme of fixing street lights within the Chatswood/Artarmon area and some of the major intersections have lights out for months at a time.  One near the corner of Fullers/Millwood/Range Street intersections has been out for months as has the one at the top of Fullers Road.  The lights at the exit of the Expressway (Chatswood exit where you turn right to go north up the Highway) have all been out for months.
The fact that there is no right hand turn out of Chatswood West, other than from Fullers and Centennial, causes enormous traffic problems on those two roads all day every day.  The phasing of the lights at the top of Fullers has not been changed for years and the road needs widening.  A dedicated two right hand lanes out of the top of Fullers and a dedicated left hand lane into Fullers from the Pacific Highway needs to be actioned.  We should have far greater access out of this side of Chatswood due to the increased traffic levels over the years.  Also, the no left turn out of Park St between 4.30 and 7.00 at night is a ridiculous rule, as people are coming from Lane Cove to this part of Chatswood all day/night every day and one cannot go up to the Highway where the traffic levels are for through traffic going further up the line.  Also the one lane out of Goodchap into Mowbray, where traffic can turn left or right, is constantly at a stand still as the intersection gets blocked by cars trying to make a right hand turn.
One other problem is the total lack of parking for people wishing to park on this side of the Highway and catching the train (which is what we are being encouraged to do by the Government).  Something desperately needs to be done.  Someone should take a look at Milsons Point area where they have many and varied timings for street parking.  Off street parking, without charging a fortune and even having free spots, would improve living in Chatswood, instead of constantly building new multistory residential buildings and not fixing the infrastructure.

Advertising Bollards

Bollard_Example_1Council is considering the installation of freestanding advertising bollards in selected locations throughout the Willoughby Local Government Area (LGA).

Approximately 20 locations have been identified for installation. Each location has been independently assessed and approved from a traffic and pedestrian safety perspective.

In mid-2014, Council recorded within its Annual Financial Accounts an estimated cost of $38 Million to bring  its infrastructure to a satisfactory level. Council is currently undertaking a service review which has identified potential recurrent savings from existing operations, as well as potential new and improved revenue streams, to assist in funding this amount and future infrastructure funding needs.

All income derived from the installation of the advertising bollards will be directed to improving Council’s vast infrastructure network.

Proposed bollard locations in Chatswood include:

Railway St Before Victoria Ave, Chatswood

Pacific Hwy After Railway St, Chatswood

Railway St After Day St, Chatswood

Pacific Hwy Before Help St, Chatswood

Pacific Hwy Before Fullers Road, Chatswood

Pacific Hwy After Victoria Ave, Chatswood

Victoria Ave Before Anderson St, Chatswood

Victoria Ave After Archer St, Chatswood

Archer St Before Victoria Ave, Chatswood

Pacific Hwy Before Herbert St, Chatswood

Herbert St Before Pacific Hwy, St Leonards

Herbert St After Cleg St, Artarmon

High St After Alexander Ave, Willoughby

Chandos St After Darvall St, St Leonards

Hampden Road Before Jersey Road, Artarmon

Broughton Road After Hampden Lane, Artarmon

Sailors Bay Road Before Strathallen Ave, Northbridge

Sailors Bay Road Before Harden Ave, Northbridge

Eastern Valley Way Before Sailors Bay Road, Northbridge 

Pacific Highway before Mowbray Rd, Chatswood

You can comment on the proposals at www.haveyoursaywilloughby.com.au