Rejecting underground power bid disappoints
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.