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Powering East Perth

Connecting our customers and communities

Western Power is working to deliver a bright future for East Perth by investing in the electricity network that supplies the community.

Perth is growing rapidly, with new residential developments, commercial spaces and entertainment precincts. Safe, reliable power is vital to support this growth. To meet the changing needs of our customers, we are continually upgrading our electricity infrastructure.

As part of this ongoing improvement, we are our ageing Forrest Avenue Substation (see coloured square on the map below). This means that in early 2022, customers currently supplied with electricity via the Forrest Avenue Substation will instead receive their supply via the recently upgraded Joel Terrace Substation, located near the old East Perth station.

July 2020 update

With stage one near on completion, Power On Cabling will start Stage 2 of the project in October 2020.

Our original plan for stage 2 was to install new underground cabling along Victory Terrace and Kensington Street. Due to several other utility underground assets in our proposed plan, we can no longer use that route for this stage of the project.

An alternative route with less underground infrastructure will now be used. As shown on the map below, Tully Road and Renaissance Avenue will be used to link back up to Kensington Street. All affected residents and businesses along the line route have been notified of the upcoming works.

About the project

The project involves installing six underground cables between the Forrest Avenue Substation and Joel Terrace Substation.

  • Underground ducts are already installed to contain two of these cables, as indicated by the orange line in the map.
  • The remaining four cables will be installed in new ducts along a separate cable route through a narrow open trench, as indicated by the line route on the map below.

The work to excavate the trench and to install the cable will be completed in short sections to minimise impact on residents, businesses and road users. After the work is complete, we will reinstate the area to equal or better than original condition. This will also comply with local government and Main Roads requirements. 

We are in consultation with the City of Perth, City of Vincent, Public Transport Authority and Main Roads WA to determine the best way to carry out the work with the least disruption and to obtain all the necessary approvals.

Cable route for East Perth project

Expected timing

  • Stage 1. Start Joel Terrace, Summers Street to East Perth Power Station – 6 weeks
  • Stage 2. Jewell Lane, Tully Rd, Renaissance Ave, Kensington Street to the corner of East Parade – 5 weeks
  • Stage 3. Corner of Kensington Street and East Parade to Fielder Street – 4 weeks
  • Stage 4. Fielder Street, Brown Street, Glyde Street to Brook Street – 3 weeks
  • Stage 5. Brook Street, Royal Street, Leahy Walk to Wittenoom Street – 3 weeks
  • Stage 6. Wittenoom Street, Plain Street to Wellington Street – 3 weeks
  • Stage 7. Wellington Street, Forrest Avenue and Waterloo Crescent – 3 weeks
  • Stage 8. Waterloo Crescent, Trafalgar Road, Royal Street, Plain Street to Kensington Street – 3 weeks
  • Stage 9. Under Graham Farmer Freeway – 3 weeks

Example of open trench excavation

Example of open trench excavation

How this work may affect you

We will work hard to keep disruptions to a minimum, however you may notice the following during works in your area:

  • some noise for short periods
  • parking bay closures and parking restrictions
  • some traffic lane closures, with lower speed limits in place to ensure safety
  • some night and weekend work to minimise disruption to traffic and some businesses.

The work to excavate the trench and install the cable will be completed in short sections to minimise impact on residents, businesses and road users.

Our partner

Power on Cabling logo

Power On Cabling will be undertaking the work on behalf of Western Power.

They have been providing specialist construction services to the energy industry since 2008.

Power On Cabling has completed similar projects throughout Claremont, Nedlands and Cottlesloe and in the Perth CBD.

More information

  • Project brochure: Powering East Perth
  • For further project information, please email us or call (08) 93260 4850.
  • Urgent out of hours contact: 13 13 51
  • If you have a speech or hearing difficulty, contact us through the National Relay Service: 1800 13 13 51
  • Interpreter Services: 13 14 50

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