Re­ject­ing un­der­ground power bid dis­ap­points

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

I AM writ­ing this open let­ter to read­ers to ex­press my dis­ap­point­ment with the State Gov­ern­ment's re­cent de­ci­sion to de­cline the Town of Clare­mont's bid for un­der­ground power in parts of Clare­mont.

Our bid to the Of­fice of Public Util­i­ties was for sup­port to in­stall un­der­ground power to a pocket of about 1000 homes in the north­east cor­ner of the town.

Given the Town's sound fi­nan­cial re­serves, we were able to sup­port our bid with a sub­stan­tial pe­cu­niary con­tri­bu­tion to the pro­ject, a greater per­cent­age to the cost than pro­pos­als from other coun­cils.

The bid for fi­nan­cial sup­port cou­pled with our com­mit­ment was im­por­tant to coun­cil to en­sure the cost to res­i­dents for this in­fra­struc­ture was as min­i­mal as pos­si­ble.

With­out the fund­ing, the cost to the Town and our res­i­dents is sim­ply not vi­able to im­ple­ment this pro­ject to the re­main­ing part of the town.

We are acutely aware that most of our com­mu­nity want un­der­ground power and I em­pathise with those res­i­dents.

It is frus­trat­ing that our of­fer has once again been re­jected and while I ap­pre­ci­ate that there are many coun­cils in a sim­i­lar po­si­tion fol­low­ing this lat­est round, our re­cent ap­pli­ca­tion was not the first to be re­buffed.

This will not be our fi­nal at­tempt to se­cure what I feel is only our fair share of the pro­gram. Mayor Jock Barker, Town of Clare­mont.

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