Faulty street lamps put in the spotlight

Robert DoughertyNorth West Telegraph

Horizon Power and the Town of Port Hedland have joined forces and agreed to shine a light on faulty street lamps in Hedland.

The joint initiative aims to conduct street-light patrols to identify and repair faulty street lighting in a bid to help address community safety concerns.

The next patrols are scheduled to follow the current cyclone season with any damage being repaired in May and June.

Port Hedland Mayor Camilo Blanco said reliable street lighting provided key benefits for the community on the street and the roads.

“Street lights increase visibility, promote road safety for drivers and pedestrians, and can discourage theft and violence,” he said.

“We are really pleased to be working with Horizon Power to improve the Town of Port Hedland for the benefit of everyone.”

Residents can also report a faulty street light to Horizon Power on 1800 264 914 or complete the online form.

Horizon Power Pilbara grid asset manager Noel Moyo said reporting faulty street lighting was the responsibility of everyone.

“While the patrols are proving to be an effective initiative, we rely on the community to report faulty street lights, so repairs can be quickly carried out and community safety maintained,” he said.

“The patrol is essentially a full audit of all street lights in the town — the most recent patrol identified a number of street lights needing some level of repair work.

“Our crews have completed most of the repairs and that work is continuing.”

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