Un­der­ground power push for Hol­ly­wood

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - Lisa Thomas

THE Hol­ly­wood Un­der­ground Power Group is calling on the City of Ned­lands to sup­port un­der­ground power in the sub­urb.

Mem­bers of the group at­tended an elec­tors meet­ing on Tues­day night, rais­ing six mo­tions that in­cluded ask­ing the coun­cil to make the project part of its 2017-18 bud­get and a com­mit­ment to cover 50 per cent of the cost of the project.

Un­der the agree­ment, the ratepay­ers would cover the other 50 per cent.

Group spokes­woman Cilla de Lacy said it was ridicu­lous that it had taken so long for un­der­ground power to come to the sub­urb.

“Other parts of Ned­lands have had it for the past 10 years,” she said.

“The ben­e­fits of un­der­ground power are an im­proved streetscape and an in­crease in prop­erty val­ues.”

The project, if ap­proved by the coun­cil, would cost ratepay­ers and the City $30 mil­lion, with ratepay­ers able to pay their share of around $7000 in in­stal­ments over 10 years.

Ned­lands chief ex­ec­u­tive Greg Trevaskis said the coun­cil had sup­ported the con­tin­ued roll-out of un­der­ground power across the City since the State Gov­ern­ment cre­ated the State Un­der­ground Power Pro­gram.

“Un­der­ground power has al­ways been a con­sid­er­a­tion for the City of Ned­lands and will be fur­ther con­sid­ered with other sig­nif­i­cant cap­i­tal projects as part of the de­vel­op­ment of a five-year cap­i­tal works pro­gram,” he said.

“Fund­ing de­ci­sions will be made as part of the City’s 10-year fi­nan­cial plan. In the past, un­der­ground power was funded 50 per cent by the State Gov­ern­ment and 50 per cent by ben­e­fit­ting prop­er­ties.”

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