Opinion: Underground power is dodgy

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WITH regard to Josh Zimmerman’s article on the cost of underground power, I have written to Josh Wilson and Matt Taylor both about this issue.

West Australians pay one of the highest prices for electricity in the world. The cost of electricity is supposed to include the cost of the infrastructure to provide the power, including any modifications or upgrades.

It is also debatable whether underground power is safer or more reliable.

It is definitely more expensive and much harder to maintain.

Why is it that if underground power is to be installed, why is it not co-ordinated with other projects to minimise costs and disruption to residents? For example, we recently had our street dug up to upgrade the gas services and eventually the street will be dug up again – when the NBN comes along.

If these projects were co-ordinated it would save millions of dollars and minimise disruption to residents.