Some key initiatives for Council:
Increased tree planting across municipality
- Council manages 20,000 trees across the municipality, some have suffered over the recent long dry summers. However Council is working towards a 2 for 1 replacement plan. One of the ways for doing that is working with local schools to which Council has provided (up to) 50 trees per school (17 local schools). The trees are planted by students (& assisted by Council) on school grounds with ongoing upkeep by the schools.
Parks and Oval renovation techniques to reduce water
- The purchase of oval renovation equipment has improved the surface quality of sporting grounds, reduced water requirements and increased root zone depth, leading to more sustainable grass growth
- Rainbird irrigation system has improved water efficiency at Council parks, oval and sporting grounds. It has the ability to instantly shut down when it’s raining, it provides evapotranspiration reports, alters water schedules dependent upon information it receives from weather stations, provides flow rate data and identifies high flow events when subject to vandalism.
- Council has been working through its Parks Advisory Committee, towards liaising with local residents of each park on what environmental improvements could be made. For example water saving through landscaping, putting in bike paths etc.
Strategically placed water dispenser in the Mall
- Council put in a total of 9 water dispenser. 6 in the Todd Mall and a further 3 strategically placed around the CBD.
Cities Power Partnership
- Council has pledged to reduce emissions community wide
- Increase renewable energy on Council’s building and provide a common goal for residents
- Implement education programs regarding sustainability
- Provide fast charging infrastructure throughout the town
Installation of solar at all major facilities
- Total of 570 kW
- 2,227 solar panels
- Average yearly reduction of 52 tonnes of CO2e
- Civic Centre, Depot and RWMF all lights are gradually being replaced with LEDS
LED light replacement across facilities
Regional Wates Management Facility Recycling
- Glass crusher; producing 37.18 tons annually which are diverted away from landfill
- Cardboard baler; baling 52.95 tons per annum which are freighted to Adelaide to be mass recycled and re-used
- Processing green waste into mulch, where 1097.72 tons per annum are resold and re-used in the community and by council
- Council endorsed a “cash for containers” scheme prior to the federal government introducing the 10c deposit container scheme to the NT
- Electric Vehicle Nissan Leaf and Electric Bicycle Merida for staff pool car, charged at council via solar and therefore carbon neutral
Alice Springs Aquatic and Leisure Centre energy efficiency
- Installation of Variable Speed Drives (VSDs), these enable what are otherwise fixed speed motors to operate a range of speeds and torques from zero to 100%. They can give great process flexibility, reduce wear and tear on machines, and dramatically cut energy usage
- Pool blanket for indoor pool to retain heat
- Pool lights: There was a review of the lighting levels inside Alice Springs Aquatic and Leisure Centre main indoor pool facility showing the existing lighting is high in energy usage. Council secured a grant from NT Government to replace 55 existing metal halide floodlights with energy efficient LED’s. This would reduce energy use by approximately 26,000kg C02‑e Greenhouse Gas emissions and save $11,000 per annum