Casino Memorial Hospital Casino is becoming more energy efficient.
Casino Memorial Hospital Casino is becoming more energy efficient. Doug Eaton

Casino hospital to become more efficient with energy upgrade

A MAJOR overhaul of lighting, heating and air conditioning at Casino hospital is part of a $7m energy efficiency upgrade to hospitals in the Northern NSW Local Health District.

"This is great news for hospitals across the region, particularly for Grafton Base Hospital, and Casino and District Memorial Hospital, where more than $1.3 million will be spent," Clarence MP Chris Gulaptis said.

"Twelve thousand new LED lights will be installed across six northern NSW hospitals, resulting in the hospitals saving a combined $1.1 million per year on energy costs."

Low interest government loan

Environment Minister Mark Speakman said the $7 million energy efficiency upgrade through the Office of Environment and Heritage, is funded from a low-interest government loan.

"This is a significant saving that will cut the health district's annual power bill by 19 per cent and reduce greenhouse gases by 20 per cent, compared with current levels," Mr Speakman said.

Health Minister Jillian Skinner said the government is investing more than $5 billion in health infrastructure this term - with a total infrastructure spend of almost $10 billion over eight years - and all major hospital projects will include measures to increase energy efficiency.

"We are making the NSW health system the strongest in the country and that starts with better and more efficient hospitals," Mrs Skinner said.

More improvements to come

Other improvements for the Northern NSW Local Health District include new building management systems, power-factor correction to improve the supply quality of electricity and water conservation measures across the district's six sites.

The installation of 'smart' meters, flow control devices, and improved management systems are expected to save a combined 11 million litres of water per year across the health district.

"Redeveloped and new facilities are designed and built to comply with the government's resource efficiency policy," Mr Gulaptis said.

"The aim of the policy is to reduce the government's operating costs and lead by example in increasing the efficiency of the resources it uses."



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