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Hi I have this other newspaper article and i have to summarise it. I have summarised it but i need to make it longer and there is a separate question where I have to state why it has become an issue using the article...please help:

Dark Age May Envelope WA Streets
Published on Mon, 30/05/2011, 10:14:04
(No Author Stated)

The State Government’s 29.8 per cent increase in the electricity tariff included in the recent State Budget has caused uproar among local governments.

WA Local Government Association President, Mayor Troy Pickard said this increase was “totally unexpected” and places a “massive strain” on local government finances.

Mr. Pickard said local governments’ decision to request electricity utilities to switch off street lighting or at least scale it back in their areas is their only option.

“Switching off street lights is a last resort as there are good reasons in regard to community safety and amenity that street lighting is provided by local governments,” Mr. Pickard said.

One of WA’s largest local government, the City of Stirling, has estimated its unexpected increased cost to be $1.1 million or about $13 per person.

According to Mr. Pickard, the “lack of drive” by the electricity utilities to accommodate the local government sector’s desire for more efficient lighting systems has exacerbated the crisis.

Mr. Pickard said it has taken a decade getting electricity utilities to seriously support local government moves to more efficient street lighting, but “there is still much to be done”.

“Certainly this 30 per cent increase would still have been unexpected by the sector but its comparative impact on overall expenditure would have been less if more efficient systems were already in place,” Mr. Pickard said.

osummarise the issue.
Hikes in electricity charges threaten to switch off street lights in Western Australia.

-Explain why it has become an issue.
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  1. Go back through and pick out more details. Be sure to answer the 5 W's -- who? what? when? where? why? how?

    It's an issue because the governments can't afford such a big increase. Their only option is to turn out street lights which might foster an increase in crime.

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  3. You're very welcome. :-)

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