Challenge to underground power plan’s management
Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Parfty candidate Fiona White-Hartig has promised to take on the Pilbara’s electricity provider over underground power and smart meters if elected.
Mrs White-Hartig said the Government needed to conduct an independent audit into the roll-out of the Pilbara Underground Power Project.
“The fact that ratepayers have been financially responsible for Horizon Power’s mismanagement is wrong,” she said.
“There was an inquiry before and it identified there were issues but it did not go deep enough.”
Mrs White-Hartig said cost savings on the project should be passed on to ratepayers.
She said she would also push for an inquiry into the accuracy of smart meters, claiming there were “far too many” people seeing bills skyrocket after having them installed.
Opposition State Development spokesman Bill Johnston said the sale of Horizon Power’s high-voltage transmission lines and privatisation of Horizon Power represented a risk to Pilbara residents’ hip pockets.
Opposition State development spokesman Bill Johnston with Pilbara Labor candidate Kevin Michel.