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Council’s Bright Futures project recognised

Monday 19 June

East Gippsland Shire Council’s ‘Bright Futures’ project was recently recognised at two major awards ceremonies.


The project received a Special Commendation at a recent United Nations Association of Australia (UNAA) event.


Council was recognised in the ‘Infrastructure Innovation for a Strong Climate Future’ category of the UNAA’s World Environment Day Climate Action Awards on June 7.


This was backed up at the Aquatics and Recreation Victoria Awards where the project won the Sustainability Award for the initiatives at the Bairnsdale Aquatic and Recreation Centre (BARC).


The awards recognise what has been an enormously successful project for council.


‘Bright Futures’ was an innovative energy efficiency program that saw $804,103 wiped from council’s energy bills and, through changes to street lighting and major changes to council’s indoor recreation centres, significantly reduced carbon dioxide emissions.


Chief Executive Officer Gary Gaffney said the Lakes Entrance Aquadome, BARC and residential street lighting were chosen as they were council’s three-highest energy users.


“As well as increasing the energy efficiency of some infrastructure, ‘Bright Futures’ also engaged with residents to promote sustainability and educate residents on how they can reduce energy use in their homes. It’s pleasing that the award recognised both council’s own endeavours and how the projects were being used as examples of change for the wider community,” Mr Gaffney said.


‘Bright Futures’ illustrated how a few simple and innovative measures can not only lead to significant energy and cost savings, but can capture the attention and increase the capacity of the local community to do the same.


In honour of World Environment Day, the UNAA presents the World Environment Day Awards to organisations and individuals leading the way in environmental innovation Australia-wide. This year, the awards highlighted the work being done to help Australia adapt to climate change.


Mr Gaffney said he was delighted that council’s work was recognised at both the UNAA Awards and Aquatic and Recreation Victoria Awards.


“With the equipment installed as part of the project at the BARC, the centre now has one of, if not the most energy efficient pool plants in Victoria.


“Council is committed to environmental sustainability and is working to undertake a range of projects that reduce energy consumption and move consumption to renewable power sources. The Bright Futures project has been successful on many levels and is just one of the many initiatives council will undertake to ensure that our future is environmentally sustainable,” Mr Gaffney said.

 Woman holding an award standing with man in front of a banner


Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy Mark Butler presented the Special Commendation to East Gippsland Shire Council’s Sustainability Officer Rebecca Lamble.




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