Election 2013 Western Australia March 9

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Infrastructure Matters

4 Majors Are Missing on Street Lighting

All four Western Australian parties, Greens, Labor, Liberals and Nationals have yet to explain if they will be seeking to improve WA street lighting solutions and efficiency.

There have been a number of reports, studied and submissions on street lighting, however there is little published clarity as to the future and commitments.

The Liberal Government increased tariffs on street lighting by 30% in the 2011/12 State Budget, causing a major problems for Local Councils.

One of the most disorganised, and badly constructed, things was that Council budgets had mostly been set before the WA Budget and Councils had restrictions on recovering the increases.

Such increases need to provided to Councils well in advance of Council budget setting to avoid stress, and is simply poor planning by the Treasurer at the time.

Street Lighting costs are in the millions of dollar$ for WA Councils and normally between 40-60% of electricity costs.

Current underground power programs, new light bulb technology, equipment replacement, dimming technology and light sensitive monitoring all are opportunities to control costs.

Street Lighting has a direct effect on WA taxpayers local government rates, and the potential to reduce the cost burden on WA taxpayers should be a higher concern for WA Politicians.

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