City of Perth to spend $3.1m to keep Council House lit up

City of Perth Council House lit up. Picture: Wikipedia
City of Perth Council House lit up. Picture: Wikipedia

CITY of Perth is set to spend more than $3.1 million to keep Council House lit up with a technology overhaul.

The City has already spent $130,000 and will allocate another $3 million during the 2018-19 capital budget review process after ongoing issues with the outdated LED technology.

Almost 550 lighting fixtures were installed on the outside of the building in 2009, but have recently experienced equipment failures and programming issues and the City is having trouble sourcing spare parts, leaving 175 lighting units out of operation.

With many lights out of action, the City had to stop all lighting bookings and requests.

Councillor Jim Adamos said it would be a “major piece of work”.

“It does seem like a large dollar (amount), but it’s one particularly worthwhile and important to maintain the lighting system we have; Council House has become iconic in Perth,” he said.

“The current system we have doesn’t allow the opportunity to program them and maintenance is increasingly difficult with spare parts.

“The system on the building now is the first attempt and we learned a lot from there and this will be a vast improvement.”

Cr Lily Chen said she hoped to see similar lighting installations on other city buildings.

“The City deserves the title ‘city of lights,” she said.

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