Construction of a new Western Power depot to service the Vasse region will improve efficiency of operations across the region.
When complete later this year, all staff, equipment and vehicles from the current Margaret River and Busselton depots will relocate to the 1.89 hectare, fit-for-purpose site near Busselton.
Crews from the Margaret River and Busselton depots were heavily engaged in the development of functional and operational requirements for the new combined facility.
Local South West-based construction firm, Perkins, has been awarded the construction contract following a competitive tender process providing a major construction project for the region.
Gary Smith (Western Power), Dan Perkins (Perkins Construction), Guy Chalkley (CEO, Western Power), Reece Whitby (representing the Minister for Energy) and Murray Wrigglesworth (Western Power) turn the first soil for the new depot
The new depot features a zone-based design to help minimise interactions between people and vehicles.
With nearly 13,000 square metres of hard stand, a key feature is the establishment of covered parking for our heavy vehicle fleet that protects vehicles and staff from the elements, along with a covered vehicle loading area that links the enclosed logistics warehouse, staff facilities and administration building.
The site also features our first Live Line store that will be temperature controlled and dust-free, in line with Australian Standards. Enhanced physical security measures will protect staff, property and assets.
Dedicated areas for the management of waste, bulk refuelling and vehicle cleaning will be established along with areas for logistics, high voltage testing, fleet maintenance, operational workshops and environmental management areas. Trailer parking, pole storage and pole assembly areas complete the yard.
The new site will enable us to continue providing the same high quality service delivery and response times to customers across the Vasse region with a more centrally located depot.
“The new Vasse depot allows us to use existing owned-land and move from our Margaret River depot which is in desperate need of modernisation and our Busselton location that is only leased," said CEO Guy Chalkley.
“We have worked with our crews to assess and design the new depot and it will be fit-for-purpose, efficient and a lot safer.
“Our crews respond to incidents in all weathers and they will soon be able to load and prepare equipment in protected areas before heading to the field.
“By consolidating these depots, we will be able to achieve ongoing operational efficiencies and cost savings, yet give our employees a safer and modern work facility.
“The combination of the depots has been achieved without impacting staff numbers across the region.”