Tweed Shire Council is set to instal 3.5 kilometres of streetlights along Casuarina cycleway with a $992,000 grant received from the NSW Government’s Stronger Countries Community Fund.
It is just the latest in a string of local grant announcements from the NSW Government, which faces an election in a little over two months.
The new LED lights will be fixed to light-grey coloured, marine-grade aluminium poles, whose design will allow easy installation of future CCTV cameras if and when required. The pole profile also allows easy fitting of items such as advertising banners.
The motion-sensor lights will illuminate when a pedestrian enters a sensor arc, which will extend eight metres either side of the pole. The sensor arcs of neighbouring poles will overlap, meaning three to four lights will illuminate in quick succession giving the pedestrian or cyclist about 120 metres sight distance ahead.
The lights, which will have 17-watt globes set on ‘moonlight’ luminosity, can be individually adjusted via remote control and dimmed by up to 80 per cent. The light will face the beach and a visor can be fitted to minimise light spill to nearby houses where required.
The project is designed to improve safety along the shared-user path and to allow cyclists and pedestrians to use the path at night time.
The shared-user path will remain open and essentially be unaffected during construction work.
Installation will commence on January 31.