Underground power push for Hollywood

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THE Hollywood Underground Power Group is calling on the City of Nedlands to support underground power in the suburb.

Members of the group attended an electors meeting on Tuesday night, raising six motions that included asking the council to make the project part of its 2017-18 budget and a commitment to cover 50 per cent of the cost of the project.

Under the agreement, the ratepayers would cover the other 50 per cent.

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Group spokeswoman Cilla de Lacy said it was ridiculous that it had taken so long for underground power to come to the suburb.

“Other parts of Nedlands have had it for the past 10 years,” she said.

“The benefits of underground power are an improved streetscape and an increase in property values.”

The project, if approved by the council, would cost ratepayers and the City $30 million, with ratepayers able to pay their share of around $7000 in instalments over 10 years.

Nedlands chief executive Greg Trevaskis said the council had supported the continued roll-out of underground power across the City since the State Government created the State Underground Power Program.

“Underground power has always been a consideration for the City of Nedlands and will be further considered with other significant capital projects as part of the development of a five-year capital works program,” he said.

“Funding decisions will be made as part of the City’s 10-year financial plan. In the past, underground power was funded 50 per cent by the State Government and 50 per cent by benefitting properties.”