Un­der­ground power push

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Streetwatch -

CLARE­MONT’S first coun­cil meet­ing for 2017 unan­i­mously backed Mayor Jock Barker’s push for un­der­ground power to be ex­tended to the re­main­ing ar­eas of Clare­mont, de­spite the re­fusal of the State Gov­ern­ment to pro­vide fund­ing.

Mr Barker’s res­o­lu­tion di­rected the Town’s staff to pre­pare a re­port on a project to in­stall un­der­ground power to about 1000 prop­er­ties in the north­east cor­ner of the Town.

The rest of the Town has had un­der­ground power since for about 15 years.

The in­stal­la­tion could be funded with coun­cil re­serves, a long-term loan and a one-third con­tri­bu­tion from ratepay­ers in the af­fected area, as has oc­curred in other ar­eas.

Mr Barker said the Gov­ern­ment had of­fered no sup­port for the project.

“De­spite seek­ing co-op­er­a­tion from our lo­cal state mem­ber and Premier, there has been no sup­port from the State Gov­ern­ment, which means the coun­cil has to try to go it alone or give up on the project,” he said.

It is un­der­stood the State Gov­ern­ment sug­gested it was open to con­tribut­ing some fund­ing but no for­mal of­fer has been made.

Mr Barker said sound fi­nan­cial man­age­ment had en­abled the Town to con­sider the project with­out caus­ing an un­sus­tain­able im­pact on fu­ture bud­gets.

Cy­clist Mag­dalena Wa­jrak (cen­tre) gets her bike en­graved with the help of Sgt David Tobin and Sgt Leanne Mur­doch.

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