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'Underground Power Marathon' runs on time and under budget

Western Power has installed 42.2km of cable, the equivalent of an Olympic Marathon Running Race, providing underground power to Coolbellup residents.

The marathon length project began in March 2012 and was completed in July 2013, with the removal of the final wooden power pole today (Wed 24th July), one of 504 wooden poles removed.

"Western Power is pleased to complete this project on time and under budget. This represents the 43rd consecutive State Underground Power Program (SUPP) to be completed under budget."

The project cost of $10.3 million was shared by Western Power, the State Government and the City of Cockburn.

"This project has connected 965 homes to Western Power’s underground power network while adding immeasurable value to the area" said SUPP Manager Nick Bailey.

Local residents have now gained enhanced streetscapes, more reliable power, brighter and safer streetlights and a demonstrated increase to property values.

The new 281 streetlights alternate from one side of the road to the other and are spaced closer to each other, allowing more light to the roadway.

"With 55% of Perth power now underground, the community, local government and state government continue to show their support and appreciation for the program" Mr Bailey noted.

Western Power looks forward to working closely with the City of Cockburn in the future, including completion of the current underground project in Hamilton Hill, due for completion in the first quarter of 2014. Other suburbs currently underway include; Ardross, Attadale, Coolbinia, Shoalwater and Wilson.

Western Power is committed to the successful completion of six remaining underground projects, providing a multitude of benefits to customers and their community.

Quick Statistics:

  • 42.2kms of power cable
  • 965 properties converted
  • 504 wooden power poles removed
  • Cost of $10.3 million, shared by Western Power, State Government and City of Cockburn 
  • 281 new energy efficient streetlights

For more information about Western Power’s State Underground Power Project click here.

Media contact – Ryan Rampling 1300 139 240