Open space lighting policy

Citizens ParkCouncil adopted a revised Open Space Lighting Policy in September 2013.

The policy guides lighting decisions on when and where lighting in Council-managed open spaces is needed and if so, what type of lighting should be used.

It should be noted that this policy does not include the existing streetlight network. The policy for lighting public spaces such as roads and footpaths can be found on this page.

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The policy aims to deliver the benefits of open space lighting to the community while also minimising the impacts of lighting.

The policy draws on the eight key principles below to make recommendations about the lighting of specific uses/open space types:


Key Principle

Expected Outcome

Better use of open space

Allow and encourage use of open space at night in appropriate locations.

Provide lighting that is fit for purpose for the endorsed uses.


Improved safety

Enhance safety in those areas appropriate for night time use.

Do not create false perceptions of safety by lighting remote or poorly surveyed areas.

Support sustainable transport modes

Enable and encourage walking, cycling and public transport by lighting key routes through open spaces.

Enhance the look and feel of the city

Limit decorative lighting to design features in strategic locations.

Use well-designed fixtures which contribute to the quality of open space.

Match the style of fitting to the scale and feel of the space being lit.

Reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Only provide lighting where required according to key principles and to meet appropriate luminance for use.

Remove existing lighting where not required according to the key principles.

Rely on existing light, such as streetlight where adequate.

As a first option consider energy efficient light fixtures for new lighting.


Protect environmentally sensitive areas

Avoid provision of lighting in areas of high habitat value or environmental sensitivity, or where deemed necessary limit the hours of lighting.

Reduce light pollution

Remove existing lighting where not required.

Use cut-off fixtures where possible.

Light only to the standard of luminance required by the activity.


Minimise life cycle costs

Minimise ongoing maintenance and waste by considering whole of life costs for lighting.


Further information
Joanna Bush
Coordinator Open Space Planning & Design
9205 5794


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