Bright idea inspires Fair Go for the West champion

3 June 2015

Earlier this year we were pleased to announce our partnership of the Fair Go for the West campaign. The initiative was designed to shine a spotlight on Western Sydney, highlighting what is great about the region and championing programs that benefit the community.

The campaign culminated with an awards ceremony at the end of March, where we were the proud sponsors of the Energy Smart Business category. This category celebrated businesses in Western Sydney that have displayed excellence in sustainable business operations and energy efficiency.

There were a number of worthy finalists in this category, including the teams at the Macarthur Centre for Sustainable Living, Econoflow Ventilation and Doulman Automotive Services; highlighting the diverse ways that sustainability and energy efficiency can be integrated into a commercial setting.

The winner was the team from Doulman Automotive Services for their LED High Bay Light Retrofit initiative. The program to swap out 21 power-hungry high bay lights above the garage floor, to clean LED globes not only cut their electricity bill (saving the business money) but was a great way to increase the energy efficiency of the business.

champions of the west winner tall

Phil Craig, General Manager Corporate Affairs at Origin with winner, Phil Doulman owner of Doulman Automotive Services. 


The winner was the team from Doulman Automotive Services for their LED High Bay Light Retrofit initiative. 


The new globes use only about 20 percent of the energy of the old globes and were brighter, making the switch an easy one in the eyes of Peter Doulman, owner of the business. “The guys on the floor of the workshop were happy because they could see better, and I was happy because I saw a drop in my electricity bill with the flick of a switch” Mr Doulman said. 

The Doulman Automotive Services team took away a prize valued at $10,000 and plan to use this money to continue to improve the environmental credentials of their business, and are looking into a number of different options, including a project to replace their automotive parts hot wash machine to a more energy and water efficient uni


The new globes use only about 20 percent of the energy of the old globes and were brighter, making the switch an easy one in the eyes of Peter Doulman, owner of the business.


“It’s great to see businesses, large and small, taking the time to investigate the ways they can be more energy efficient and employ sustainable business operations. There are obviously cost savings to be uncovered in some cases, but more than that, it shows a commitment to innovation, which we’re proud to champion” explained Phil Craig, Head of Corporate Affairs at Origin. 

To find out more about the Fair Go for the West Champions event and read about the other winners, visit here.