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Southern Lights NSW

Enabling infrastructure that delivers better, safer, cheaper lighting and smarter, connected communities.

About the Project

Southern Lights NSW is an enabling infrastructure project designed to deliver better, safer, cheaper lighting and smarter, connected communities.  The project will provide significant connectivity benefits to regional and rural communities across southern NSW from Bega to Broken Hill.  

The project will see one of the largest deployments of smart-enabled LED lighting in Australia, with  over 75,000 LED street lights deployed across a geographic area that is approximately the same size as the United Kingdom.  

Covering 42 Local Government Areas, the Southern Lights' project is evidence of the capacity for local government to collaborate for innovation. Southern Lights’ Project Partners are  the Riverina Eastern Regional Organisation of Councils (REROC), the Riverina and Murray Joint Organisation (RAMJO), Central NSW Joint Organisation (Central NSW JO), Canberra Region Joint Organisation (CBRJO) and Broken Hill City Council.

The Project Partners are working very closely with Essential Energy, the Distribution Network Supply Provider (DNSP) for the Southern Lights’ Region. This close working relationship is pivotal to the successful delivery of the project.

Next Energy Pty Ltd, consultants for the Southern Lights' Project Partners have been working with Essential Energy on the preparation of the Business Case which will determine the return on investment for the project and the savings that the 42 participating councils will achieve. Business cases are being prepared for all 42 participating councils as well as one for the overall project.

The goal for the Southern Lights' project is to have all Business Cases completed by the end of August however we have been working closely with Essential Energy to ensure we have the correct figures which will highlight the true savings for each of the LGAs participating in the project.

Once the Business Cases are complete a series of workshops will be held with councils and the State Government to brief them on the outcomes.  A webinar will also be filmed that will enable staff who are not in attendance at the briefings to also be informed on the project.

The Southern Lights group is looking at possible funding options for the project and is hopeful that the State Government will provide funding assistance. Stay up to date at