15.8 C
Byron Shire
May 16, 2021

Council gets warm glow from Lismore’s cool pools

Latest News

Bluesfest announces October dates for 2021 festival

After two disappointing cancelations of their event, Bluesfest has announced that they will hold the 2021 festival over the...

Other News

Travelling at the speed of lies

When Tim Berners-Lee and others created the architectural foundations of the world wide web, they did so with the vision of openness, idea sharing, and trust. Human nature has a way of making things more complicated, of course.

Cartoon of the week – 12 May, 2021

Letters to the editor We love to receive letters, but not every letter will be published; the publication of letters...

NewsCorp announces August revival of regional news print in QLD

Less than a week after the two major NewsCorp-owned outlets on the Northern Rivers lost their websites and redirected readers via The Daily Telegraph (TDT), sister publications in Queensland announced almost the opposite.

Plans to increase building heights in Byron CBD may be shelved

Byron Council’s controversial plan to increase building height limits on a block in the centre of Byron Bay looks set to be abandoned at this week’s planning meeting.

Water outage in Ballina this Thursday

Residents on Crane and Owen Streets in Ballina are advised of a planned water outage this Thursday May 13.

War The Bloody Hell Are You?

When faced with potential conflict, why are we abandoning the strategy that’s worked in the past for one that will definitely fail?

Launching Lismore's Embracing Energy Efficiency initiatives are (l-r) GM Gary Murphy, mayor Jenny Dowell and GSAC manager Graham Walker.
Launching Lismore’s Embracing Energy Efficiency initiatives are (l-r) GM Gary Murphy, mayor Jenny Dowell and GSAC manager Graham Walker.

Matthew Cusack

Lismore Memorial Baths and Goonellabah Sports and Aquatic Centre (GSAC) are improving their energy efficiency in a move that will save Lismore City Council more than $100,000 year.

New, more economical water pumps and lighting have already been installed and a solar water heating system is to be installed at the baths over winter.

‘Based on current energy costs, the upgrades will save council over $124,000 each year to operate the pools,’ GSAC manager Graham Walker said.

‘This project is a win-win for council. We will not only lower annual operating costs for the two leisure centres but our actions will also contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by around 560 tonnes.’

The new variable-speed drive water pumps and LED lighting have been installed for inside and outside areas at both sites.

‘Because the installation of the new hot water system is a much larger job it will be completed while the baths are closed,’ Lismore City Council’s media co-ordinator Terra Sword told Echonetdaily.

She added the reduced greenhouse emissions would not be used for emissions trading.

Lismore memorial baths will also have a solar evacuated tube system installed to replace their existing hot water system while the baths are closed for winter.

The frost-resistant system utilises the sun to heat a special mixture in a vacuum tube, which in turn heats the chlorinated water for the pool.

Council unveiled the new facilities at an event on Wednesday (March 5) at the Goonellabah Sports and Aquatic Centre, which included a walkthrough of the components involved.

Lismore City Council invited members of other councils and pool managers in the region to attend and learn more about sustainable asset management.

The upgrades were funded 50/50 through the federal government’s Community Energy Efficiency program and council’s Cities for Climate Protection Implementation fund.

 


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Power outage in Byron Shire

Power supply company Essential Energy says that approximately 1,780 homes and businesses were without supply this morning.

Filming of Byron Baes begins with no indigenous consultation

Filming of the Netflix series Byron Baes has reportedly commenced without any effort made by the show's production company – Eureka Productions – to consult with local indigenous groups or the local Council.

Byron Comedy Festival launched with a laugh

At a hilarious sold-out launch of the Byron Comedy Festival, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki had the entire Byron Bay Surf Club giggling last night

School Strike for Climate next Friday

Next Friday from 10am Byron Shire students will be demanding political action on the climate emergency in what they and their supporters say is our present, future and reality.