Chal­lenge to un­der­ground power plan’s man­age­ment

Pilbara News - - Election 2017 - Tom Zaun­mayr

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.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Op­po­si­tion State de­vel­op­ment spokesman Bill John­ston with Pil­bara La­bor can­di­date Kevin Michel.

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