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Werris Creek electric supply

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Wednesday 5 February 1930, The Sydney Morning Herald


A public inquiry before Mr. McGowen, Public Works Commissioner, was held at Werris Creek to-day to allow ratepayers of the urban council to register objections or give evidence respecting the Peel Shire’s proposal to raise a £20,000 loan for the purpose of transmitting electricity from Tamworth to Werris Creek. Messrs. J. O’Brien, president of the Urban Council, T. E. Egan, ex-president, and a member of the same body, were against the proposal, and submitted an alternative scheme which embodied the erection of a plant at Werris Creek, to be controlled by the Werris Creek Urban Council. Expert evidence was presented by both sides. Mr. A. E. C. Webb, consulting engineer to the Peel Shire Council, gave evidence that the council’s proposed scheme of transmission from Tamworth would be in the best interests of all concerned. This view was eventually taken by Messrs. O’Brien and Egan, and the opposition was withdrawn. It was explained that the Railway Commissioners who would be the largest consumers, were willing to enter into an agreement to take power for 15 years. This will be a decided asset to the scheme, as it will enable power for domestic purposes to be supplied at a much cheaper rate per unit. Councillor K. Clift, local representative on the Peel Shire Council, stated that he was in favour of a scheme of reducing rates per unit after a certain number of units had been consumed for domestic purposes. Mr. C. Flynn, shire clerk, said that that was the council’s intention.

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