Draft Maroondah Public Lighting Policy 2018


Public lighting plays an important role in the safety and amenity of our community and helps to make our public spaces more useable and enjoyable - We are seeking feedback on our Draft Public Lighting Policy for Maroondah.

The Policy provides guidance on the design, installation and management of public lighting within the Maroondah municipality. It is Council’s intention for the policy to offer a consistent approach to public lighting in Maroondah that reflects best practice and contributes to the sustainability and amenity of the municipality.

The policy applies to public lighting within a Council-managed road, Council reserve, Council car park and adjacent to Council buildings. It is intended to:

  • ensure Council fulfills its statutory obligations for lighting within road reserves, car parks, Council
    reserves and around Council buildings
  • establish the assessment approach that Council will take in relation to public lighting
  • minimise the environmental impact of public lighting
  • balance Council and community interests in traffic safety, pedestrian safety and amenity with the
    cost to install, operate and maintain Council’s lighting assets
  • ensure public lighting is delivered in an appropriate, consistent and fair manner.

A comprehensive action plan will be developed to guide work across Council's implementation of this policy. Council will undertake the following priority actions during 2018 - 2025:

  • create a register of public lighting assets in Maroondah
  • collect information about new and existing public lighting infrastructure
  • undertake a feasibility study on the development of a Smart Cities Policy / Strategy
  • respond to faults within 10 days
  • continue to replace 50W and 80W unmetered standard mercury vapour street lights with LED street lights
  • consider options to replace existing non-standard unmetered street lighting with standard street lighting
  • Include best-practice recycling and waste disposal requirements in any tender or request for tender, for public lighting works, including evidence of appropriate recycling and/or disposal

Have your say:

The Draft Maroondah Public Lighting Policy should be read in conjunction with the Public Lighting Position Paper 2018 and Public Lighting Guidelines 2018. After reading these documents, please make your submission:

  • Online: Via the 'Make a Submission' tab below
  • Mail: Send your written submission to Manager Engineering and Building Services, Maroondah City Council, Braeside Avenue Ringwood.
  • Email: maroondah@maroondah.vic.gov.au


Public lighting plays an important role in the safety and amenity of our community and helps to make our public spaces more useable and enjoyable - We are seeking feedback on our Draft Public Lighting Policy for Maroondah.

The Policy provides guidance on the design, installation and management of public lighting within the Maroondah municipality. It is Council’s intention for the policy to offer a consistent approach to public lighting in Maroondah that reflects best practice and contributes to the sustainability and amenity of the municipality.

The policy applies to public lighting within a Council-managed road, Council reserve, Council car park and adjacent to Council buildings. It is intended to:

  • ensure Council fulfills its statutory obligations for lighting within road reserves, car parks, Council
    reserves and around Council buildings
  • establish the assessment approach that Council will take in relation to public lighting
  • minimise the environmental impact of public lighting
  • balance Council and community interests in traffic safety, pedestrian safety and amenity with the
    cost to install, operate and maintain Council’s lighting assets
  • ensure public lighting is delivered in an appropriate, consistent and fair manner.

A comprehensive action plan will be developed to guide work across Council's implementation of this policy. Council will undertake the following priority actions during 2018 - 2025:

  • create a register of public lighting assets in Maroondah
  • collect information about new and existing public lighting infrastructure
  • undertake a feasibility study on the development of a Smart Cities Policy / Strategy
  • respond to faults within 10 days
  • continue to replace 50W and 80W unmetered standard mercury vapour street lights with LED street lights
  • consider options to replace existing non-standard unmetered street lighting with standard street lighting
  • Include best-practice recycling and waste disposal requirements in any tender or request for tender, for public lighting works, including evidence of appropriate recycling and/or disposal

Have your say:

The Draft Maroondah Public Lighting Policy should be read in conjunction with the Public Lighting Position Paper 2018 and Public Lighting Guidelines 2018. After reading these documents, please make your submission:

  • Online: Via the 'Make a Submission' tab below
  • Mail: Send your written submission to Manager Engineering and Building Services, Maroondah City Council, Braeside Avenue Ringwood.
  • Email: maroondah@maroondah.vic.gov.au
  • Research Report on Decorative Lighting coming soon

    21 days ago
    Research report

    Research into possible solutions and alternatives for decorative lighting within our municipality is wrapping up, with a full report expected to be finalised and shared very soon.

    Consultation on the Draft Maroondah Public Lighting Policy 2018 will remain open to allow time for our community to view the report when it becomes available and to provide their feedback.

    Research into possible solutions and alternatives for decorative lighting within our municipality is wrapping up, with a full report expected to be finalised and shared very soon.

    Consultation on the Draft Maroondah Public Lighting Policy 2018 will remain open to allow time for our community to view the report when it becomes available and to provide their feedback.

  • We are extending our consultation for the Draft Maroondah Public Lighting Policy.

    about 2 months ago
    Light pole pic

    Thank you to residents who have provided feedback on the policy and in particular, the proposed policy position of replacing non-standardised decorative street lights with standardised street lights.

    Many of the submissions we have received do not support the removal of existing decorative lighting. In response to what you have told us we will undertake further research to examine possible alternatives or solutions, and identify any potential changes that could be made to the DRAFT policy position.

    We will:

    • Undertake a cost benefit analysis based on replacing decorative lighting with standardised light versus retrofitting existing decorative lights with LED bulbs

    Thank you to residents who have provided feedback on the policy and in particular, the proposed policy position of replacing non-standardised decorative street lights with standardised street lights.

    Many of the submissions we have received do not support the removal of existing decorative lighting. In response to what you have told us we will undertake further research to examine possible alternatives or solutions, and identify any potential changes that could be made to the DRAFT policy position.

    We will:

    • Undertake a cost benefit analysis based on replacing decorative lighting with standardised light versus retrofitting existing decorative lights with LED bulbs
    • Research various industry approved options for standardised lighting
    • Identify ongoing challenges associated with the maintenance of non-standardised decorative lights, as well as the effectiveness of these lights against lighting standards, the amenity they provide, and the implications of maintaining street trees with existing lighting.

    While we undertake this additional research, we will continue to engage with the community. Consultation on the Draft Maroondah Public Lighting will now close on 22 March , 2019.


  • Changing the globe - one street at a time

    3 months ago
    Lights de focused

    Maroondah City Council is committed to reducing greenhouse emissions and responding to climate change.

    Over the past four years we have overseen the changeover of more than 5,200 mercury vapour lights to LED in residential areas. This is set to reduce our streetlight greenhouse emissions by more than 35,840 tonnes over twenty years.

    In addition, these new lights are providing better lighting outcomes for our community, including:

    • greater consistency of light across and along the street
    • realistic, natural lighting and visibility
    • longer life span and less maintenance issues required over time
    • lower glare

    Maroondah City Council is committed to reducing greenhouse emissions and responding to climate change.

    Over the past four years we have overseen the changeover of more than 5,200 mercury vapour lights to LED in residential areas. This is set to reduce our streetlight greenhouse emissions by more than 35,840 tonnes over twenty years.

    In addition, these new lights are providing better lighting outcomes for our community, including:

    • greater consistency of light across and along the street
    • realistic, natural lighting and visibility
    • longer life span and less maintenance issues required over time
    • lower glare
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