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Finding sustainable outcomes for improvement projects

Our Community Engagement team works closely with local communities and stakeholders to understand local issues and to reduce the impact of our projects. We do this by:

  • engaging on our infrastructure and maintenance projects and programs
  • seeking input into decision making to minimise the impact of our operations
  • helping local communities develop an understanding about the electricity network and our operating environment.

Our values ensure our community engagement practices involve communities and stakeholders in our decision making processes to find the most positive sustainable outcomes for network improvement projects (such as new powerlines and substations), our planned maintenance program, and our response in emergency situations. We engage with the community to gain valuable input, ideas and feedback on our existing projects, future programs of work, and planning options.

For information on our current projects, get in touch with us at communityenquiries@westernpower.com.au 

The State Underground Power Program (SUPP) is a State Government initiative administered by the Public Utilities Office (PUO) at the Department of Finance. Local governments can nominate areas to be converted to underground power. Each nomination is assessed against social, economic and technical criteria by the SUPP Steering Committee.

There are two streams to the SUPP - Major Residential Projects (MRP) and Local Enhancement Projects (LEP). MRPs are usually around 600 to 1000 properties in residential areas. LEPs usually convert around a kilometre of overhead in main streets in country towns, council areas in the metropolitan area, or areas of historical or heritage significance.

Project history

After significant damage was caused to Western Power’s overhead network during severe storms in 1994, the State Government established the SUPP to convert areas of overhead wires and poles to underground. A Steering Committee, comprising the PUO, Western Power and the WA Local Government Association, was established to manage the program.

Pilot projects involving around 7,000 households were successfully carried out in Applecross, Albany, Cottesloe/Claremont and Wembley between 1996 and 1999.

In 1998, the Minister for Energy announced that the program would continue and invited local councils to apply for projects within their area to be considered for funding. The selected projects became Round 1 of the SUPP.

Project statistics

53 Major Residential Projects and 34 Local Enhancement Projects have been completed in the SUPP, costing around $375 million

Around 87,000 households have been converted to underground.

Project status

Round

Stream

Area

Status

Round 5

MRP

Complete: Salter Point, Ashfield, Lathlain North, Lathlain South, Ardross West, Coolbellup East, Hamilton Hill East, Wilson East, Coolbinia, Shoalwater North,

Under development: Ardross East, Melville South,

Yet to commence: Bicton North

See column to the left for status.

 

 

 

LEP

Complete Kennedy St Exmouth, Throssell St Collie, Forrest St Collie, Canning Rd and Haynes St Kalamunda,

Yet to commence: Pinjarra Rd Pinjarra, Albany Hwy Albany

See column to the left for status.

Round 4

MRP

Mt Pleasant North, Palm Beach, Maddington, Wilson West, Attadale South, Bentley East, Attadale North

Complete

 

LEP

Stirling Tce Toodyay, Heaton St Jurien Bay, South Western Hwy Brunswick Junction, Albany Hwy Victoria Park, Bussell Hwy Cowaramup

Complete

Round 3

MRP

Victoria Park South, Shenton Park, Gosnells North, City Beach, Port Hedland, Fremantle, Nedlands East, Highgate, Como East, Wembley Downs

Complete

 

LEP

Ocean Dr Bunbury, Lowood and Langton Rds Mt Barker, Main St Balingup, Brockman St Nannup, Stubbs St Lake Grace, Giblett and Brockman Sts Manjimup, Foreshore Geraldton

Complete

Round 2

MRP

Bicton, East Fremantle, Rivervale, South Perth, Claremont, Mt Lawley, Mt Pleasant/Booragoon, North Mosman Park, Subiaco, West Nedlands, West Leederville/North Wembley, East Victoria Park/Carlisle

Complete

 

LEP

Jarrahdale Rd Jarrahdale, Albany Hwy Gosnells, Denham Rd Denham, Rockingham Beach Precinct, George St Pinjarra, Mundaring Township Mundaring, Mary St Highgate, Uduc Rd Harvey, Scarborough Beach Precinct, Hampton St Bridgetown

Complete

Round 1

MRP

East Cottesloe, Dalkeith/Swanbourne, Peppermint Grove, Woodlands, Como, Rossmoyne, East Fremantle/Plympton

Complete

 

LEP

Warren Road Nannup, Steward Street Dowerin, South Western Highway Donnybrook, Steer Street Collie, Bussell Hwy Margaret River, Moreton Terrace Dongara

Complete

Pilot Round

MRP

Applecross, Albany, Wembley, West Cottesloe/Claremont

Complete

If you have any questions about past SUPP projects, please contact us.

New Round 6 for Major Residential Projects

On 4 December 2015, the Minister for Energy, the Hon Dr Mike Nahan MLA, invited Local Governments to submit project proposals for the next funding round of the SUPP, Round 6. Local governments can obtain maps from Western Power showing the relative Network Risk for each suburb in their area and can also have cost estimates done for up to five prospective projects before they decide which project proposals they will submit. The deadline for the lodgement of project proposals is 29 April 2016. Refer to the Department of Finance website for further information.