Power play pushed off
However, Claremont chief executive Stephen Goode said it had been advised it would not be considered for underground power funding because there were more proposals than money to go around and its pole infrastructure was in better condition than other areas, which would get priority for funding.
Mr Goode said the result of the rejection had yet to be discussed by councillors, and it was unknown how the council would now approach the project.
“We don’t just have the money lying around for the extra $3 million to $4 million, so it is a big decision for Council to consider,” he said.
Claremont Mayor Jock Barker said the refusal would not be the council’s final attempt to complete underground power in the Town, which had been rebuffed several times in the past.
Mr Barker said he was disappointed when the council was prepared to contribute a greater percentage to the cost than proposals from other councils.
Councillors are likely to consider a report on the future of the remaining need for underground power in the suburb at either of their meetings in October.
Mayor Jock Barker wanted underground power to replace overhead lines and pruned trees in the rest of his town.