Bright future?

Artist’s impression of potential light installation on Beaufort Street.

SPREADING the “City of Light” beyond the CBD and into the suburbs has been the focus of some light election campaigning by Labor, with a million bucks now pledged for lighting projects across five councils if they win the federal election in May.

Federal Labor MP for Perth Patrick Gorman says an Albanese government will establish a “Light Up Perth” program to invest in upgrades like switching to an LED streetlight network across the whole of Bayswater.

He says LEDs will cut emissions  from powering lights by half, and “this funding will also allow for improved security and safety across the Bayswater community, including in popular nightspots such as Maylands and Bayswater, as well as retail hubs such as Morley”.

Under lord mayor Basil Zempilas Perth council has rebranded as the “City of Light”, and they were the first announced to benefit from the Light Up Perth pledge with funds for lighting upgrades along the Roe Street Footbridge, and a commissioning of an installation for the Festive Light Trail. The other promised spends to spread the light include streetscape upgrades for Stirling along Beaufort Street in Mount Lawley and Inglewood, and LED streetlights for Scarborough Beach Road and Axford Park in Vincent. 

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