Election 2013 Western Australia March 9

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Infrastructure Matters

Liberals’ underground power expansion

Liberal Statement

A re-elected Liberal Government will commit an additional $30million to expand the State Underground Power Program over the next four years, which will deliver significant benefits to private residents and local government authorities.

Energy Minister Peter Collier said the State Underground Power Program has been an incredible success since its introduction in 1996 under the Court-Liberal government, with more than $300million being invested in underground power.

“Since the Liberal Party launched this program following a series of severe storms and associated extensive damage to power lines that clearly illustrated how energy security can be compromised, more than 78,000 properties have been converted to underground power,” Mr Collier said.

“The benefits of underground power include improved reliability and security of electricity supply for consumers, enhanced streetscapes and visual amenity, reduced street tree maintenance costs for the local governments, improved street lighting and community safety, reduced maintenance costs for Western Power and increased property values.

“The program is a partnership between the State Government, Western Power and participating local governments, sharing the costs of replacing the existing overhead power lines with underground lines.”

The State Underground Power Program has two project streams:

  • major residential projects, which involve the conversion of overhead distribution lines to underground distribution cables
  • localised enhancement projects, which aim to improve urban gateways, scenic routes and tourism and heritage centres through the undergrounding of overhead distribution lines.

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