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Western Power opens new multi-million-dollar Vasse depot

Western Power has officially opened the gates at our new $10 million facility in the South West which will bring a new era of service to the region.

The newly-constructed Vasse depot is our first purpose-built depot in almost 30 years and has replaced operationally inefficient leased sites in Busselton and the aged depot facility in Margaret River.

Western Power Executive Manager Asset Operations, Dave Fyfe said the new complex’s design has been built with our crews and the community as a priority, with safety and efficiency top of mind.

“This financial year alone local crews will complete over $9 million worth of maintenance and network upgrades to the region from the new depot,” Mr Fyfe said.

“Moving South West operations to a single site allows us to achieve ongoing operational efficiencies and cost savings for the works we conduct in the area and give our employees a safe and modern work facility.”

Local South West-based construction firm Perkins was responsible for the construction of the complex which covers nearly two hectares of land in the Busselton industrial area.

A key feature in the design is the establishment of covered parking for our heavy vehicle fleet that protects vehicles and staff from the elements.

“We are a 24/7 business and our crews respond to incidents in all weather conditions. It is important from a safety and response perspective that our crews are able to load and prepare equipment in protected areas before heading to the field,” Mr Fyfe said.

“If we focus on our employees to start safe, work safe and finish safe, and provide facilities for that to happen, it means that everything we do for the customer is done smoothly, with less disruption.”

To ensure that the facility has a connection to the entire community the Vasse Depot has been named Mulgarup/Balbarignup (meaning ‘thunder and lightning’) by the Wadandi people, custodians of the land on which the depot is built.