CEO Guy Chalkley has provided the following response to today's Parkerville Supreme Court trial ruling:
Western Power acknowledges the findings delivered by Justice Rene Le Miere in the Supreme Court today in relation to the Parkerville bushfire litigation case.
We appreciate how difficult the trial has been, particularly for the community of Parkerville and those who gave evidence.
The trial has been vital in helping to clearly define that the maintenance of privately owned power poles remains the responsibility of the land owners.
The findings highlight the need for owners of private power poles to have in place a regular inspection program that makes sure their assets are in a safe and reliable condition.
Advice on the maintenance of private power poles and of private networks is available on the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety website.