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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.

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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.


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