2019 Australian Management Challenge: Willoughby Council

Willoughby Council has been selected to participate in the 2019 Australian Management Challenge which is a staff development program. A small team of 6 council staff members undertake tasks alongside other participating councils that typify management in the local government environment. Part of the pre-challenge is to explore alternative revenue sources for council and the team have come up with the following idea. Please remember this is a hypothetical concept at this stage.


This is a Draft Proposal for community feedback only.


Willoughby Council has been selected to participate in the 2019 Australian Management Challenge which is a staff development program. A small team of 6 council staff members undertake tasks alongside other participating councils that typify management in the local government environment. Part of the pre-challenge is to explore alternative revenue sources for council and the team have come up with the following idea. Please remember this is a hypothetical concept at this stage.


This is a Draft Proposal for community feedback only.


  • Across the Willoughby area Council leases a variety of council-owned premises to small businesses, retail outlets and community groups. At present, tenants have to organise their own power supply paying expensive small business rates.

    On some sites Council has an opportunity to build and operate a solar power system that would augment power supplied to site from the grid. Council could sell the solar power generated plus its own retail supply to tenants at prices less than that currently paid.  This system is known as a microgrid.

    Microgrid power can be cheaper to supply, is renewable,

    Across the Willoughby area Council leases a variety of council-owned premises to small businesses, retail outlets and community groups. At present, tenants have to organise their own power supply paying expensive small business rates.

    On some sites Council has an opportunity to build and operate a solar power system that would augment power supplied to site from the grid. Council could sell the solar power generated plus its own retail supply to tenants at prices less than that currently paid.  This system is known as a microgrid.

    Microgrid power can be cheaper to supply, is renewable, and it can supply power in the event of grid outage.

    Council is considering using funds from its environmental levy to build a trial microgrid at the Council’s Gibbes St. depot. The microgrid will supply power to those 17 tenants on site who wish to participate.  Income derived would pay back funds required for the installation and maintenance of the microgrid, and thereafter directed towards other community-based projects.

    Your views are sought on this proposal, further details of which outlined in the attached document. 

    Microgrid power has multiple benefits to that of standard grid supply. It can be cheaper to supply, is renewable, and it can supply power in the event of grid failure.


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