The motion below by Clr. Wright is quite interesting. Until you notice the motion is to NOTE the information provided, not actually to do anything about the issue.
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Councillor Wright has indicated his intention to move the following Notice of Motion.
Motion: That Council resolves to:
1. During and following the recent floods on the Willoughby and across the State
thousands of residences have been without power for significant lengths of time
occasioning great hardship and expense.
2. As far back as 2002 the NSW IPART conducted an Inquiry into Electricity
Undergrounding in New South Wales, which highlighted the quantifiable and
unquantifiable benefits of undergrounding powerlines and cables:
i. Avoided costs associated with motor vehicle accidents
ii. Improved reliability of electricity supply
iii. Avoided maintenance cost
iv. Reduction in lost revenue to Distribution Network Service Providers
v. Improved public amenity
vi. Improved environment
vii. Improved public and workplace safety
viii. New opportunities
ix. Reduced health risks.
3. The Federal Parliament’s Inquiry in 1996/1997 found “In most Australian states,
underground power delivery is compulsory in new, outer suburban subdivisions
and this has had some impact in recent years. It is estimated that between 150
000 and 200 000 new homes are connected to underground power supplies each
year throughout Australia, and over a number of decades this will result in a
significant proportion of the national housing stock having underground
4. The undergrounding of powerlines involved significant expense, further delay
increases the cost.
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