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Solar-powered lights addressing safety concerns

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May 08, 2018

Welsford St, Shepparton, commuters with a keen eye may have noticed some new renewable lighting installed west of the central business district, aimed at addressing safety concerns.

Solar-powered lights were installed last week to the west of Welsford St, near Vaughan St, to make sure those parking in the area could safely walk to and from their cars at night.

The grant funding follows concern raised about visibility around parking behind Welsford St buildings.

The Greater Shepparton City Council has successfully secured about $4300 through the State Justice Department Community Safety Funding.

The council contributed just over $1000 to the about $5500 project.

‘‘Council developed the Welsford arterial lighting initiative as a response to feedback from community members accessing the parking to the rear of businesses on the western side of Welsford St,’’ a council statement read.

‘‘... three solar lights have been installed to the rear of the businesses on the border of Welsford St and Shepparton regional park.

‘‘The aim is to increase the pedestrian lighting and perception of safety for community members that utilise the area after hours.’’.

Council neighbourhoods manager Amanda Tingay said concerns had been raised by local organisations and community members around the lighting in the area.

Ms Tingay was confident the lights would boost visibility and perceptions of safety for pedestrians in the area, particularly as daylight hours disappeared through winter.

‘‘That area was very dark ... now with the installation of standalone solar lights, it will create a safer atmosphere,’’ Ms Tingay said.

She said the benefits of the lights being solar-powered meant no major works were necessary and they were a cost-effective measure, which would not be negative to the environment.

Ms Tingay described the project as ‘‘a great outcome’’ for the city.

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