Photographer wants power lines buried
By ADRIAN MILLER
MIKE Larder dreams of a Yamba unplugged.
A place where only the sky, the clouds and the setting sun dominate the skyline, not unsightly wires and power poles.
And while the unattractive poles and cables have become accepted as a necessary evil in modern life, Mr Larder believes it's time they were removed from the backdrop of the seaside town for good.
"I just think they're ugly," he said.
"Yamba is still relatively cute and small and not mucked up yet.
"I'm quite fond of the place and I hate seeing nice places ruined."
The Wooloweyah based photographer has produced images of Yamba town centre minus cables and poles to back up his claims.
Mr Larder said he believed it was time the cables were put underground, before it became impossible to do so.
Clarence Valley Council director of engineering David Andrews said it was an excellent idea, but one not easily implemented.
"It is quite an extensive process and one that depends on the site and the services which need to be provided off the line," he said.
"Council hasn't considered undergrounding cables (in Yamba's centre) at this stage, but it is something we'd like to do as we improve the area in general.
"Sometimes it comes down to a matter of priority. Do you underground the cables or improve parking?"
He said council already sought to install underground cables in all new urban sub-divisions, but burying the cables in existing areas, such as Yamba's main street, would prove difficult.
Country Energy Far North Coast regional general manager Brian Glawson said it would not be impossible to upgrade Yamba, but it would prove expensive and difficult.
He said the underground cabling of the town would also cause massive disruption to local businesses, which needed to be weighed up against the benefits gained.
He said Country Energy would be willing to fund some of the cost of any underground work, but Clarence Valley Council would also need to contribute.