The spotlight of World Environment Day to shine at City Walk

Released 04/06/2019

Shoppers and passers-by at City Walk are invited to celebrate World Environment Day tomorrow, Wednesday 5 June 2019, and find about more about ways to cut down on waste.

We live in a sustainable and smart city. That is evident with projects that include the current Your Say engagement on Single Use Plastics and the ACT Government’s streetlight replacement program.

“Over 45,000 lights on the ACT streetlight network will be replaced with LED technology making the ACT more energy efficient and contributing to being a smart city. One year into the seven-year contract, leading provider Electrix has upgraded over 13,000 streetlights,” Roads ACT Executive Branch Manager, Ken Marshall said.  

“Inefficient and older incandescent lights are being replaced with the upgrade, with a new digital control maintenance management system also being rolled out with smart cells helping with real time monitoring of the network and detecting faults such as lamp failures or cable problems.

“By the end of the contract, there will be approximately 20,000,000 kilowatt hours per year reduction in energy consumption,” Mr Marshall said.

Tomorrow, there will be a range of stalls and activities available on World Environment Day.

“Come down to City Walk tomorrow, Wednesday 5 June between midday and 1.30 pm to find out more about ways you can avoid waste and recycle right,” Anthony Haraldson, Acting Executive Branch Manager, ACT NoWaste said.

Mr Haraldson also encouraged the community to get involved in reducing plastic waste through the Plastic Free July initiative.

“During July, the community is encouraged to take the pledge to swap single use plastics for reusable alternatives,”
Mr Haraldson said.

The ACT Government is also asking the community to join the conversation to phase out some avoidable single-use plastics.

“About 2.5 million tonnes of plastic waste was generated in Australia in 2016-2017 - equating to around 103 kg of plastic waste per person annually,” Mr Haraldson said.

“We encourage the community to read the Phasing out single-use plastics discussion paper. We want to know community views on how we can reduce the use of certain single-use plastics where there are clear alternatives that are good for the environment and practical for business, industry and consumers.”  

The community is encouraged to provide their views on single-use plastics - submissions are invited until the end of July 2019.”

Free community information sessions on phasing out single-use plastics are also available Saturday 15 June 2019 from 10 am - 12 pm at the Canberra Museum and Gallery and Tuesday 18 June 2019 from 6 pm – 8 pm at the Hellenic Club Canberra.

For more information on single-use plastics or to register for a session visit

For more information on Plastic Free July visit at

More information on Plastic Free July activities in the ACT can be found at

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