Push for underground power in Claremont gets overruled

Claremont won't be getting underground power in the short term.
Claremont won't be getting underground power in the short term.

A CLAREMONT council push to complete underground power in the suburb has been sunk after the State Government’s Office of Public Utilities this weekrejected the proposal.

Claremont had considered financing a large portion of the project, which would have provided underground power to about 1000 homes north of the Fremantle railway line.

But Town chief executive Stephen Goode said it had been advised it would not be considered for underground power funding because there were more proposals than money to go around and its pole infrastructure was in better condition than other areas, which would get priority for funding.

Mr Goode said the result of the rejection had yet to be discussed by councillors, and it was unknown how council would now approach the project.

“We don’t just have the money lying around for the extra $3 million to $4 million, so it is a big decision for council to consider,” he said.

Claremont Mayor Jock Barker said the refusal would not be the council’s final attempt to complete underground power in the Town, which had been rebuffed several times in the past.

Mr Barker said he was disappointed when the council was prepared to contribute a greater percentage to the cost than proposals from other councils.

Councillors are likely to consider a report on the future of the remaining need for underground power in the suburb at either of their meetings in October.