Emu Park Bowls Club president Rob Dunn, Bell Park Caravan Park’s Jim Waterman, Bendigo Bank’s Denise Weisse, visitor Ian Brown and Emus Beach Resort owner Paul Neubecker have taken it upon themselves to buy solar lights to be installed along the Pattison St footpath in Emu Park.
Emu Park Bowls Club president Rob Dunn, Bell Park Caravan Park’s Jim Waterman, Bendigo Bank’s Denise Weisse, visitor Ian Brown and Emus Beach Resort owner Paul Neubecker have taken it upon themselves to buy solar lights to be installed along the Pattison St footpath in Emu Park. Nikita Watts

Businesses fix street light issue

IT COULD cost ratepayers up to $90,000 to light the footpath along Pattison St, but these Emu Park business operators have found a way to do it for just over $2000.

They took it upon themselves to find a cheaper way to illuminate the 530m pathway, as the “pitch black” area at night was affecting their businesses and was often complained about by residents and tourists as a safety issue.

They met to discuss a solution and were scratching their heads until Bell Park Caravan Park manager Jim Waterman spotted these beauties while in China – solar-powered LED lights with a super capacitor battery, automatic day/night switch and a lifespan of 15 years.

Jim approached the group and about 60 lights were imported, at a cost of about $2000, provided by a community grant through the Emu Park Community Bank branch of Bendigo Bank.

President of the Emu Park Bowls Club Rob Dunn said the club was “under-utilised” at night because people wanting to walk home tried to beat the darkness.

“Patrons disappear very quickly. (With the lights) they can come down of an evening and enjoy the facilities of the club.”

A council spokeswoman yesterday said it supported the initiative and was investigating the approvals required, but the group involved would install the lights.

She said street lighting with overhead power poles connected to electricity was expensive. Cr Brett Svendsen predicted it could cost up to $90,000.

“The installation of the solar lighting will not require approval through a council meeting as it doesn’t impinge on the use of the park,” the spokeswoman said.

“Council encourages community groups and businesses to contact council prior to purchasing items for use in public spaces.”



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