Western Power will send staff to repair streetlights at Ninga Mia after it was revealed not a single globe was operational.
Melanie O’Donoghue said residents were concerned for their safety because none of the community’s streetlights were working. But responding to inquiries from the Kalgoorlie Miner, a Western Power spokeswoman said globes would now be replaced.
“Western Power is reliant on customers to report street light faults,” she said.
“Now that the damaged street lights have been brought to our attention, Western Power will send a contractor to the Ninga Mia Aboriginal Community to replace the globes.”
Ninga Mia sits on an Aboriginal Lands Trust Reserve and is leased to the Ninga Mia Village Aboriginal Corporation, according to a spokesman for the Department of Indigenous Affairs. He said it was up to the lessee to ensure streetlights and other infrastructure at the community was maintained.
Rubbish collection at Ninga Mia is contracted out to the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder and it is understood a similar arrangement exists for streetlights, with a Western Power spokeswoman this week confirming the company’s responsibility for maintenance of the lights.