Un­der­ground power to peo­ple

Western Suburbs Weekly - - WesternOpinion -

I HAVE no­ticed a few ar­ti­cles in the Western Suburbs over the past few weeks and posters in Hol­ly­wood say­ing “vote no” on un­der­ground power in Hol­ly­wood.

There is even an email that asks res­i­dents not to re­ply to the sur­vey on this mat­ter.

Un­for­tu­nately, this could de­rail the City of Ned­lands’ ini­tia­tive to get un­der­ground power for the Hol­ly­wood ward. Un­for­tu­nately this cam­paign could taint the re­sults of the ques­tion­naire. The un­der­ground­ing of power in Hol­ly­wood is a pri­or­ity for the City of Ned­lands.

In the past un­der­ground­ing of power was 50 per cent ex­ter­nally funded and the rest was paid by the res­i­dents. The City of Ned­lands has pru­dently tried to get this fund­ing to progress this un­der­ground­ing of power pro­gram.

Alas, af­ter much ef­fort and heartache this source of vi­tal and im­por­tant fund­ing has dried up so the City has taken the step to pro­vide this fund­ing.

This is a big first, as the City did not trump up any funds for any of the pre­vi­ous projects.

This means these res­i­dents will have this done with ex­actly the same con­di­tions as all the ar­eas al­ready com­pleted.

This means the cost will be 50 per cent funded with a $6000 to $8000 con­tri­bu­tion from the res­i­dents.

Yes, this is a lot. But I do note when the ini­tial project was done the me­dian house price in Ned­lands was $431,000 and now it is $1,485,000 (244 per cent in­crease). The cost of the ini­tial pro­gram was around $3000.

Pro­por­tion­ally to prop­erty val­ues it’s not be as bad as it looks. There will be many pay­ment op­tions when it comes around and one will be able to de­fer pay­ment if needed.

I as­sure you all that the City is ac­tively and pos­i­tively pro­gress­ing this is­sue. So ba­si­cally you will not be pay­ing $17,000 as im­plied in the posters. The City, if given the go ahead from the res­i­dents, will go out to a com­pet­i­tive ten­der that I am sure will come in at a fig­ure more like $12,000 (res­i­dents’ con­tri­bu­tion be­ing around $6000).

Ring the City of Ned­lands for fur­ther de­tails.

Cr BEN HODSDON, Ned­lands.

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