Underground power push

Chief executive Bob Jarvis said it was working with the Public Utilities Office and Western Power to identify priorities.

“It is intended council will submit an expression of interest proposal for the suburb of Bassendean within the lodgement time frame,” Mr Jarvis said.

In December 2015, Mr Jarvis told the Eastern Reporter the process for the Round Six State Underground Power Program had “dramatically changed” and required “careful consideration”.

Energy Minister Mike Nahan said round six would allow local governments to nominate the proportion of project funding they were willing to pay. The minimum contribution from local governments will still be 50 per cent.

The town will initially submit collated property allotment plans to Western Power to provide feedback on the electricity network priorities to determine the expression of interest proposals areas within the suburb of Bassendean.

A further report will be presented to the Bassendean council before submitting the expression of interest proposals.

The town signed up for a $2.2 million project in 2011 to have powerlines buried in Ashfield throughout 2012.

The State Government chose the area in round five of its underground power program.