Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By ROSANNA CANDLER

ROME was not built in a day and Subiaco was never go­ing to in­stall its en­tire power net­work un­der­ground over a sin­gle week­end.

The City of Subiaco be­came the largest lo­cal gov­ern­ment in WA to bury all its pow­er­lines af­ter West­ern Power re­moved the last power pole in Shen­ton Park last week.

Coun­cil­lor Mark Burns, who served on Subiaco coun­cil when the de­ci­sion to in­stall its power un­der­ground was made in 1982, said he could still re­call the de­bate in coun­cil cham­bers.

“I re­mem­ber one coun­cil­lor say­ing: ‘You know much this is go­ing to cost?’ and I said: ‘What, you think we’re go­ing to do this over a week­end?’” Cr Burns said.

“It’s great that we’ve done it.

“This should be an ex­am­ple for how long im­por­tant projects take; the sooner you start, then the sooner you fin­ish.”

Subiaco has con­verted about 10,000 prop­er­ties from above to un­der­ground power since start­ing the project 33 years ago.

En­ergy Min­is­ter Mike Na­han and Subiaco Mayor Heather Hen­der­son helped the State Un­der­ground Power Project com­plete the re­main­ing works at Smyth Road on March 4.

“This has been a more than 30-year dream for the City of Subiaco, and that dream has fi­nally turned into re­al­ity,” Dr Na­han said.

The City of Subiaco and the State Gov­ern­ment’s public util­i­ties of­fice and West­ern Power co-funded the works.

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En­ergy Min­is­ter Mike Na­han and Subiaco Mayor Heather Hen­der­son look at the last pole to be re­moved from the City of Subiaco.

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