Councillor Bob Hall
Councillor Bob Hall

Councillor Bob Hall has moved a last-minute motion to have a 132kV powerline planned to run through Beachlands put underground.

Cr Hall moved that council express its opposition to the option to locate an overhead powerline between the Rangeway Substation to the environs of Geraldton Port.

He is seeking a mandate for the council to advise that it supports the need for power reinforcing both in the City Centre and the Port but recommends construction of the line be underground.

He said this was “to ensure that the investments made by the local community and the State Government are not undone via an economic rationalist approach to infrastructure provision.”

He wants the council to delegate authority to CEO Tony Brun to prepare and submit a submission to Western Power, the economic regulator and relevant politicians expressing the concerns.

In response the council executive stated “the concerns raised by Cr Hall outlined in the Notice of Motion are supported as the proposal for an overhead powerline would have a serious impact on the visual amenity for both local residents and for visitors to the area.

“It is acknowledged that there would be power infrastructure upgrade benefits to the City Centre especially if the replacement of the Durlacher Street substation is achieved,” the executive stated.

“However, this should not be at the cost of another area’s loss of amenity.

“We need to constantly strive to achieve better outcomes when installing new infrastructure.

“Agencies need to ensure that infrastructure upgrades lead to an improvement in the community environment rather than achieving just quick fix solutions as would occur if an overhead powerline were to be constructed between the Rangeway substation and the Port.”

ALEX MCKINNON

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