Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By JON BAS­SETT

CLARE­MONT Coun­cil has called on Cottes­loe MLA Colin Bar­nett to sup­port its push for a $10 mil­lion project to com­plete un­der­ground power in the town.

“We got a good re­cep­tion, and I can only as­sume he will now take it up with the rel­e­vant public ser­vants and min­is­ters who are re­spon­si­ble for un­der­ground power,” Mayor Jock Barker said after meet­ing Mr Bar­nett 10 days ago.

The pro­posed project would sup­ply un­der­ground power to about 1000 homes north of the Fre­man­tle rail­way line, apart from three small pock­ets that al­ready have the ser­vice in­clud­ing streets around the North East Precinct devel­op­ment, two small streets south of Lake Clare­mont and those west of Swan­bourne Pri­mary School.

Mr Barker said there would be no rates in­crease for all ratepay­ers cre­ated by the project be­cause the town’s “sound” fi­nan­cial re­serves meant a greater por­tion could be con­trib­uted by the coun­cil.

The coun­cil is bank­ing on ratepay­ers’ de­sire to com­plete un­der­ground power and its greater con­tri­bu­tion to the project to sway Gov­ern­ment ap­proval to pay the re­main­der.

“We’ve been turned down by West­ern Power in the past be­cause of the way they used to as­sess ap­pli­ca­tions based on things like the age of power poles, but now that’s been changed, and if towns are pre­pared to put in a greater amount then they can be con­sider new projects,” Mr Barker said.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Stephen Goode said the pro­posed project would need to re­place age­ing in­fra­struc­ture that could cause power fail­ures and fires, in­clud­ing trans­form­ers on the top of the poles, and stop the ex­ces­sive prun­ing of street trees.

Mr Bar­nett said he sup­ported the coun­cil’s project.

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