A blinding bill

PERTH council will spend $4 million on replacing the council building’s flashing exterior lights.

Commissioners, sitting in for suspended City of Perth councillors, voted to approve the new lighting system at last week’s council meeting, ignoring a $500,000 option to remove the lights and not replace them.

The existing T-shaped lights were installed nearly 10 years ago and are starting to fizzle out, costing the city $195,000 a year to maintain.

The lights were installed in the early days of LED technology and it’s now getting hard to find replacements when they fail.

The new lights will cost $25,750 a year to maintain.

The cost could go down a little if they decide not to go ahead with new lighting around the council’s main entrance.

by DAVID BELL

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