Underground power push
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.