Western Power privatisation unpopular with Swan Hills voters


Bill Johnston MLA, Meredith Hammat (Unions WA) Brendan Bryne (Linesman) Jessica Shaw and ASU president Paul O’Neill.
Bill Johnston MLA, Meredith Hammat (Unions WA) Brendan Bryne (Linesman) Jessica Shaw and ASU president Paul O’Neill.

A RECENT community survey of more than 1400 people in the Swan Hills electorate showed more than 81 per cent of residents are against the privatisation of Western Power.

The survey asked people about State Government plans to sell off the utility service, with only 18.8 per cent of residents supporting privatisation.

WA Labor conducted the survey on September 15 and 16.

Almost half the responders said privatisation would bring an increase in fire risk and prices.

Swan Hills Labor candidate Jessica Shaw, who lives in Mt Helena, said: “I am out talking to the local community about this issue and the one thing I always hear is ‘Don’t privatise Western Power’.

“Local residents strongly believe privatising Western Power will be catastrophic for the Swan Hills community.”

Prior to running for Parliament, Ms Shaw worked as a commercial executive in the WA energy industry.

She said after spending the last decade in the industry, the sell off did not make sense from an economic and commercial perspective.