Council’s key environmental initiatives:
Elimination of Single Use Plastic
Council supports the elimination of SUPs – such as cups, straws, cutlery, and take away food containers – from its services, programs, events and facilities, including permit holders using Council land or facilities.
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 evapo-transpiration 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 dispensers in the Mall
- Council installed a total of 9 water dispensers: 6 in the Todd Mall, and a further 3 strategically located 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 Council facilities
- Total of 570 kW
- 2,227 solar panels
- Average yearly reduction of 52 tonnes of CO2e
LED light replacement across Council facilities
- At Council’s Civic Centre, Depot and RWMF, all lights are gradually being replaced with LEDs
Regional Waste Management Facility Recycling
- Glass crusher; producing 37.18 tonnes annually which are diverted away from landfill
- Cardboard baler; baling 52.95 tonnes per annum which are freighted to Adelaide to be mass recycled and re-used
- Processing green waste into mulch, where 1097.72 tonnes 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 Merida Bicycle and a Nissan Leaf for staff pool transport, charged at Council via solar (carbon neutral)
Alice Springs Aquatic & 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: a review of the lighting levels inside Alice Springs Aquatic & Leisure Centre main indoor pool facility was conducted, revealing high energy usage. Council secured a NT Government grant to replace 55 existing metal halide floodlights with energy efficient LEDs. This will reduce energy usage by approximately 26,000kg C02‑e Greenhouse Gas emissions, saving approximately $11,000 per annum.