Dubbo Regional Council creates a safer community through lighting
Released: 26 August, 2019
The Tracker Riley Cycle Way is a recreational hub for those looking for a scenic walk or run along the Macquarie River in Dubbo, New South Wales. The circuit extends between the central business district and historic Dundullimal Homestead via the award-winning Taronga Western Plains Zoo. The cycleway was named after Dubbo's famous Alec 'Tracker' Riley, the first Aboriginal tracker to reach the rank of Sergeant and originally installed in 1997.
The cycleway is the perfect way to experience the natural beauty of the Macquarie River foreshore and is primarily used by day but as our modern-day life gets busier the Council saw an increasing demand for evening physical activity on the cycleway.
Lighting the track has been an ongoing project for the former Dubbo City Council. Council had previously installed lighting to portions of the track to encourage safer use of the track after dark.
As large portions of the track are removed from well-lit areas the NSW Police in recent years identified sections of the cycleway as potential crime spots, posing a problem for the local community and the current Dubbo Regional Council.
Mayor of the Dubbo Region Ben Shields said “Making sure our community feels safe is a big priority for this Council. Promoting well-being and physical activity is also critical, so we knew we had to do something in order to improve the safety of one of our most used recreational assets.”
With emerging technologies and energy efficiencies Horticulture and Landcare Asset Coordinator Ben Pilon was only too happy work with enLighten to solve this issue.
They choose to use enLighten’s Zorro Unplugged ALL-IN-ONE solar luminaire as it was easy to install and it has an independent rotating axis for the LED panel, this allows you to focus the light where you needed it on the path. It uses the latest technology in batteries LiFePO4 and has a quality monocrystalline silicon solar panel to ensures good harvest from the sun.
Lighting control systems can now represent up to 35 percent of a project cost, so it is important to use an out of the box smart controls solution. The Zorro Unplugged solar light has an integrated microwave motion sensor and pre-programmed time and intelligent mode all available through a remote control. We were able to schedule the level of light in this area.
“Finding funding for the variety of projects we want to deliver is often hard so working with two local community organisations the Dubbo Stampede Running committee and the Titan Macquarie Mud Run committee we were able to install these lights along the cycle way,” Mr Pilon said.
The 20 solar lights were installed in an area where access to power and services were deemed too costly. Trenching and wiring in these remote locations to numerous sites along the track are often too expensive and simply not efficient.
“The great thing about enLighten’s Zorro Unplugged solar light is it could be installed with minimal disruption to the cycleway, they are ideal for environmentally sensitive areas, and remote locations with limited or no power supply.”
“We were extremely happy to work with such a smart, convenient and cost-effective product,” said Mr Pilon.