Stawell Sports & Aquatic Centre - Community Energy Efficiency Program

Northern Grampians Shire Council received funding of $67,000 through the Australian Government’s Community Energy Efficiency Program (CEEP) to upgrade out-dated and inefficient pool hot water and lighting technologies at the Stawell Sports & Aquatic Centre (SSAC)

The complex is a local community sport and recreation facility and one of the major providers of leisure activities within the Stawell Region. Apart from servicing the general public, SSAC hosts many regular programs run by various community groups and organisations including schools, disability support organisations and senior groups.

Previous to the project, indoor pool water (and the pool hall air) was heated solely with a gas boiler.

The installation of a solar pool hot water system and variable speed drive on the filtration pump has greatly increased efficiency and reduced both emissions and operating costs. 

Although not part of this project, Council also took advantage of the opportunity to install solar hot water heating on its outdoor pool as the same time. This will increase the season length when the outdoor pool will be available for the use of patrons. 

The project also upgraded the lighting at the complex. The installation of 29 x 200W Highbay LED lighting to replace the current 450 W metal halide lights in the centre’s basketball court and cricket pitch, together with the replacement of 420 x 36W T9 fluorescent tubes with the same quantity of T9 20W Light Emitting Diode (LED) lamps, is not only reducing energy consumption and saving on annual maintenance costs, but has greatly improved the quality of the lighting as well. 

The project has been a demonstration to the community of local action and effective energy efficiency measures.  

The upgrade is in keeping with a 2012 Business Plan and Services Review of the complex. The review highlighted that the range of activities on offer at the complex, its affordability and ‘nearness’ made it attractive to local residents and an important community asset. However, increasing costs created real pressure to find efficiencies and savings - such as those achieved through this project.

The project is consistent with the objectives of both Northern Grampians Shire Council’s Council Plan 2013-18 (i.e., improving the social and economic viability of the Shire) and Council’s Sustainable Living Strategy.

 It is also consistent with the objectives of the Australian Government’s Community Energy Efficiency Program (CEEP) by delivering a range of energy efficiencies that will help move Australia towards a clean energy future.