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We believe community engagement is an integral component of any project likely to have an impact on the community. Our Community Engagement team works closely with local communities and stakeholders to understand local issues and to reduce the impact of our projects. Through our engagement activities we aim to:

  • create a shared understanding of project challenges and opportunities
  • proactively identify and respond to risks and impacts
  • have transparent and robust decision making
  • help local communities and stakeholders develop an understanding about the electricity network and our operating environment.

Please see the list of our current major projects. If work in your area does not appear here or you have further questions or feedback please contact the Community Engagement team at communityenquiries@westernpower.com.au or on 9326 4850.

While we endeavor to keep this page up to date, project information is subject to change. 

Project name

Albany Maintenance Program

Project location

Albany

Description of the works

As part of Western Power’s 2017-18 Maintenance Program we making a substantial investment in the Albany Community, replacing 207 power poles and 58 kilometres of overhead power lines. Work will commence July 2017 and continue through to June 2018, however this may change due to weather and other unforeseeable circumstances. 

For more information, please contact our Community Engagement Team on the information below.

Ph. 08 9326 4850

E. communityenquiries@westernpower.com.au

 

Project name

Augusta-Margaret River Maintenance Program

Project location

Augusta-Margaret River

Description of the works

As part of Western Power’s 2017-18 Maintenance Program we making a substantial investment in the Augusta-Margaret River Community,
replacing 199 power poles and 5 kilometres of overhead powerlines. Work will commence July 2017 and continue through to June 2018, however this may change due to weather and other unforeseeable circumstances. 

For more information, please contact our Community Engagement Team on the information below.

Ph. 08 9326 4850

E. communityenquiries@westernpower.com.au

 

 

Project name

Broomehill-Tambellup Maintenance Program

Project location

Broomehill-Tambellup

Description of the works

As part of Western Power’s 2017-18 Maintenance Program we making a substantial investment in the Broomehill-Tambellup Community, replacing 187 power poles and 5 kilometres of overhead powerlines. Work will commence July 2017 and continue through to June 2018, however this may change due to weather and other unforeseeable circumstances. 

For more information, please contact our Community Engagement Team on the information below.

Ph. 08 9326 4850

E. communityenquiries@westernpower.com.au

 

Project name

Bruce Rock Maintenance Program

Project location

Bruce Rock

Description of the works

As part of Western Power’s 2017-18 Maintenance Program we making a substantial investment in the Bruce Rock Community, replacing 11 power poles and 1.5 kilometres of overhead powerlines. Work will commence July 2017 and continue through to June 2018, however this may change due to weather and other unforeseeable circumstances. 

For more information, please contact our Community Engagement Team on the information below.

Ph. 08 9326 4850

E. communityenquiries@westernpower.com.au

 

Project name

Chittering Maintenance Program

Project location

Chittering

Description of the works

As part of Western Power’s 2017-18 Maintenance Program we making a substantial investment in the Chittering Community, replacing 124 power poles. Work will commence July 2017 and continue through to June 2018, however this may change due to weather and other unforeseeable circumstances.

For more information, please contact our Community Engagement Team on the information below.

Ph. 08 9326 4850

E. communityenquiries@westernpower.com.au

 

Project name

Corrigin Maintenance Program

Project location

Corrigin

Description of the works

As part of Western Power’s 2017-18 Maintenance Program we making a substantial investment in the Corrigin Community, replacing 94 power poles. Work will commence July 2017 and continue through to June 2018, however this may change due to weather and other unforeseeable circumstances. 

For more information, please contact our Community Engagement Team on the information below.

Ph. 08 9326 4850

E. communityenquiries@westernpower.com.au

 

Project name

Cunderdin Maintenance Program

Project location

Cunderdin

Description of the works

As part of Western Power’s 2017-18 Maintenance Program we making a substantial investment in the Cunderdin Community, replacing 11
kilometres of overhead powerlines. Work will commence July 2017 and continue through to June 2018, however this may change due to weather and other unforeseeable circumstances. 

For more information, please contact our Community Engagement Team on the information below.

Ph. 08 9326 4850

E. communityenquiries@westernpower.com.au

 

Project name

Dalwallinu Maintenance Program

Project location

Dalwallinu

Description of the works

As part of Western Power’s 2017-18 Maintenance Program we making a substantial investment in the Dalwallinu Community, replacing 54 power poles. Work will commence July 2017 and continue through to June 2018, however this may change due to weather and other unforeseeable circumstances. 

For more information, please contact our Community Engagement Team on the information below.

Ph. 08 9326 4850

E. communityenquiries@westernpower.com.au

 

Project name

Dardanup Maintenance Program

Project location

Dardanup 

Description of the works

As part of Western Power’s 2017-18 Maintenance Program we making a substantial investment in the Dardanup Community, replacing 112 power poles and 1.2 kilometres of overhead powerlines. Work will commence July 2017 and continue through to June 2018, however this may change due to weather and other unforeseeable circumstances.   

For more information, please contact our Community Engagement Team on the information below.

Ph. 08 9326 4850

E. communityenquiries@westernpower.com.au

 

Project name

Denmark Maintenance Program

Project location

Denmark

Description of the works

As part of Western Power’s 2017-18 Maintenance Program we making a substantial investment in the Denmark Community, replacing 66 power poles and 2 kilometres of overhead powerlines. Work will commence July 2017 and continue through to June 2018, however this may change due to weather and other unforeseeable circumstances.

For more information, please contact our Community Engagement Team on the information below.

Ph. 08 9326 4850

E. communityenquiries@westernpower.com.au

 

Project name

Forrestfield Airport Link

Project location

Street(s): Abernethy Road, Dundas Road & Milner Road

Suburb(s): Forrestfield, Kewdale and Maida Vale

Description of the works

The Public Transport Authority (PTA) has applied to Western Power to provide a supply connection to their substation site on Ibis Place for development of the Forrestfield Airport Link.

Western Power will run two cables, from our Forrestfield substation on Dubs Close and our Kewdale substation on Hazelhurst Street, to the PTA’s new substation site on Ibis Place and Maida Vale Road.

These cables will be installed within the road verge on either side of the road. This is to ensure safer supply of electricity to the new substation.

The Forrestfield Airport Link is a $2 billion State Government project to deliver a rail service to the eastern suburbs of Perth, with three new train stations – Belmont, Airport Central and Forrestfield.

The rail link will connect with the existing Midland Line near Bayswater Station and will run to Forrestfield through underground tunnels, ensuring minimal impact on the existing land and road network.

In April 2016 the State Government awarded the design, construct and maintenance contract to Salini Impregilo-NRW Joint Venture.

For further information on the Forrestfield Airport Link visit www.forrestfieldairportlink.wa.gov.au   

Our engagement

  •           Information sheets delivered to ‘high impact’ residents
  •           Community engagement contact point for all impacted residents
  •           Information available for up-to-date construction
  •           Joint engagement forums with PTA & Salini Impregilo-NRW Joint Venture

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Project timeline

The Western Power project is anticipated to start late October 2016 with completion expected early March 2017.

Impacts

To ensure your safety traffic management will be in place throughout the works.

All excavation works will be reinstated to their original condition.

Other construction impacts that may be experienced include, but are not limited to:

  •           Noise
  •           Dust
  •           Vibration
  •           Visual impacts during construction

More information

FAQ sheet

Project name

Geraldton Transmission System Reinforcement Programme

Project location

Central Geraldton

Rangeway Substation, Durlacher Substation

Description of the works

Western Power is investing in the Geraldton electricity network to ensure we continue to provide a safe and reliable service to the community. The Durlacher Substation is expected to be decommissioned in late 2019 as it is reaching the end of its useful life. The Rangeway Substation is being upgraded to meet growing demand and take on the customers previously fed by Durlacher substation.

Stage 1 of the work (yellow line on map) will include installation of two new underground distribution (11 kV) cables to the Rangeway substation. The cable route will be largely under verges and footpaths along North-West Coastal Highway, Johnston Street, Eastern Road, Victoria Street, George Road, and Snowdon Street. Stage 1 is expected to take around 6 months.

Cable Layers Australia (CLA) are responsible for completing the work. They may be in touch with local residents directly as the project progresses.

Stage 2a of the work (green line on map) will involve excavation along Hutchinson Street. It is expected to take 12 weeks to complete but will be split into approximately four sections so each resident will only have construction in front of the property for a fraction of this time.

Stage 2b (blue line on the map) will be occurring from November 2017 to early 2018. This will start in the section along Gertrude Street. The underground cables will also be installed along Brede Street, Elizabeth Street, Durlacher Street, Hermitage Street, Cathedral Avenue, Carson Terrace and Augustus Street.

The final part of the reinforcement programme is decommissioning of Durlacher substation which is expected to occur by 2019.

Western Power will work to minimise impacts of the project on local residents.

Our engagement

We have engaged with the City of Greater Geraldton and the Main Roads WA Midwest office to discuss design and possible cable routes.

Face to face engagement has occurred with residents affected by the Hutchinson street works.

Residents likely to be affected by the works occurring will be notified by letter and are welcome to contact Western Power if there are any questions.

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Project timeline

Stage 1 civil works will begin in late August 2017 and continue for around 6 months (complete).

Stage 2a (Hutchinson St) will begin construction in late September 2017 and continue for around 12 weeks (complete).

Stage 2b will begin in November 2017 and run through to early 2018.

The new transformer at Rangeway substation is expected to be energised by July 2018 and Durlacher substation decommissioned by late 2019.

Impacts

There may be some construction impacts for residents including noise, dust, vibration and traffic obstructions. We will endeavour to keep these impacts to a minimum.

Unless specifically notified otherwise by the construction team, residents will have access to their properties throughout.

Stage 2a (Hutchinson St only) will involve excavation along the road. Existing overhead lines will remain in place.

More information

Please contact the community engagement team at communityenquiries@westernpower.com.au or on 9326 4850.

Project name

Gingin Maintenance Program

Project location

Gingin

 

Description of the works

As part of Western Power’s 2017-18 Maintenance Program we making a substantial investment in the Gingin Community, replacing 71 power poles. Work will commence July 2017 and continue through to June 2018, however this may change due to weather and other unforeseeable circumstances. 

For more information, please contact our Community Engagement Team on the information below.

Ph. 08 9326 4850

E. communityenquiries@westernpower.com.au

 

Project name

Great Eastern Highway undergrounding and relocations

Project location

Street(s): Great Eastern Highway

Suburb(s): Glen Forrest, Hovea and Parkerville

Description of the works

In several places along Great Eastern Highway, between Bilgoman Road and Seabourne Road, our poles and lines are in the way of the Great Eastern Highway Safety Upgrade being planned by Main Roads. This will require the relocation of several sections of our distribution network along Great Eastern Highway. In some areas we will need to underground our lines, which will require the power supplies to some private residences to be undergrounded.  

Our engagement

  •           Direct engagements with property owners where the power will be undergrounded
  •           Community engagement contact point for impacted residents
  •           Information available for up-to-date construction
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Project timeline

The Western Power work is anticipated to start in August 2017.

Impacts

To ensure your safety traffic management will be in place throughout the works.

All excavation works will be reinstated to their original condition and crews will endeavour to use underground drills as much as they can.

Other construction impacts that may be experienced include, but are not limited to:

  •           Noise
  •           Dust
  •           Vibration
  •           Visual impacts during construction

More information

FAQ sheet 

You can register for Western Power project updates here 

 

Project name

Harvey Maintenance Program

Project location

Harvey

 

Description of the works

As part of Western Power’s 2017-18 Maintenance Program we making a substantial investment in the Harvey Community, replacing 22 kilometres of overhead powerlines. Work will commence July 2017 and continue through to June 2018, however this may change due to weather and other unforeseeable circumstances.

For more information, please contact our Community Engagement Team on the information below.

Ph. 08 9326 4850

E. communityenquiries@westernpower.com.au

Project name

Jerramungup and Ravensthorpe Maintenance Program

Project location

Jerramungup and Ravensthorpe

 

Description of the works

As part of Western Power’s 2017-18 Maintenance Program we making a substantial investment in the Jerramungup and Ravensthorpe Communities, replacing 658 power poles. Work will commence July 2017 and continue through to June 2018, however this may change due to weather and other unforeseeable circumstances. 

For more information, please contact our Community Engagement Team on the information below.

Ph. 08 9326 4850

E. communityenquiries@westernpower.com.au

 

Project name

Kalbarri Microgrid Project

Project location

Kalbarri

Description of the works

A new $5 - $10 million project which will improve electricity reliability for residents and holiday makers in the coastal town of Kalbarri, over 500km north of Perth.

Kalbarri is currently supplied by a 140km long rural feeder from Geraldton which is exposed to environmental factors. The feeder’s length and remoteness can lead to extended outages.

Learn more about mircogrids.

Our engagement

Engagement with the community and stakeholders was a vital aspect of the Kalbarri Microgrid Feasibility Study and feedback will continue to be sought as the project progresses.

The engagement process has included community meetings, engagement with the Shire of Northampton, the Mid West Development Commission, and regular meetings with the Community Reference Group.

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Project timeline

On 28 November 2016 Energy Minister Mike Nahan announced the project. The announcement followed a feasibility study which confirmed the network capacity to integrate a microgrid.

Western Power is now in the final stages of procurement to clarify costs and funding options. The intention is to have the contracts in place in early 2018. The construction work is planned for 2018 and commissioning in early 2019.

Impacts

The project will enable improved electricity reliability for the town of Kalbarri.

More information

For more information on the project please refer to the Kalbarri Feasibility Study or our recent blog post.

Project name

Kalgoorlie Maintenance Program

Project location

Kalgoorlie

 

Description of the works

As part of Western Power’s 2017-18 Maintenance Program we making a substantial investment in the Kalgoorlie Community, replacing 140 power  poles. Work will commence July 2017 and continue through to June 2018, however this may change due to weather and other unforeseeable circumstances. 

For more information, please contact our Community Engagement Team on the information below.

Ph. 08 9326 4850

E. communityenquiries@westernpower.com.au

 

Project name

Katanning Maintenance Program

Project location

Katanning

 

Description of the works

As part of Western Power’s 2017-18 Maintenance Program we making a substantial investment in the Katanning Community, replacing 191 power poles and 1.1 kilometres of overhead powerlines. Work will commence July 2017 and continue through to June 2018, however this may change due to weather and other unforeseeable circumstances. 

For more information, please contact our Community Engagement Team on the information below.

Ph. 08 9326 4850

E. communityenquiries@westernpower.com.au

 

Project name

Kent Maintenance Program

Project location

Kent

 

Description of the works

As part of Western Power’s 2017-18 Maintenance Program we making a substantial investment in the Kent Community, replacing 101 power poles. Work will commence July 2017 and continue through to June 2018, however this may change due to weather and other unforeseeable circumstances. 

For more information, please contact our Community Engagement Team on the information below.

Ph. 08 9326 4850

E. communityenquiries@westernpower.com.au

 

Project name

Kondinin and Kulin Maintenance Program

Project location

Kondinin and Kulin

 

Description of the works

As part of Western Power’s 2017-18 Maintenance Program we making a substantial investment in the Kondinin and Kulin Communities, replacing 214 power poles along the Brookton Highway. Work will commence July 2017 and continue through to June 2018, however this may change due to weather and other unforeseeable circumstances. 

For more information, please contact our Community Engagement Team on the information below.

Ph. 08 9326 4850

E. communityenquiries@westernpower.com.au

 

Project name

Koorda Maintenance Program

Project location

Koorda

 

Description of the works


As part of Western Power’s 2017-18 Maintenance Program we making a substantial investment in the Koorda Community, replacing 102 power poles. Work will commence July 2017 and continue through to June 2018, however this may change due to weather and other unforeseeable circumstances. 

For more information, please contact our Community Engagement Team on the information below.

Ph. 08 9326 4850

E. communityenquiries@westernpower.com.au

 

Project name

Lake Grace Maintenance Program

Project location

Lake Grace

 

Description of the works

As part of Western Power’s 2017-18 Maintenance Program we making a substantial investment in the Lake Grace Community, replacing 168 power poles and 5 kilometres of overhead powerlines. Work will commence July 2017 and continue through to June 2018, however this may change due to weather and other unforeseeable circumstances. 

For more information, please contact our Community Engagement Team on the information below.

Ph. 08 9326 4850

E. communityenquiries@westernpower.com.au

 

Project name

Manjimup Maintenance Program

Project location

Manjimup

Description of the works

As part of Western Power’s 2017-18 Maintenance Program we making a substantial investment in the Manjimup Community, replacing 8 kilometres of overhead powerlines. Work will commence July 2017 and continue through to June 2018, however this may change due to weather and other unforeseeable circumstances. 

For more information, please contact our Community Engagement Team on the information below.

Ph. 08 9326 4850

E. communityenquiries@westernpower.com.au

 

Project name

Moora Maintenance Program

Project location

Moora

Description of the works

As part of Western Power’s 2017-18 Maintenance Program we making a substantial investment in the Moora Community, replacing 91 power poles and 8 kilometres of overhead powerlines. Work will commence July 2017 and continue through to June 2018, however this may change due to weather and other unforeseeable circumstances.

For more information, please contact our Community Engagement Team on the information below.

Ph. 08 9326 4850

E. communityenquiries@westernpower.com.au

 

Project name

Mount Marshall Maintenance Program

Project location

Mount Marshall

Description of the works

As part of Western Power’s 2017-18 Maintenance Program we making a substantial investment in the Mount Marshall Community, replacing 126 power poles and a kilometre of overhead powerlines. Work will commence July 2017 and continue through to June 2018, however this may change due to weather and other unforeseeable circumstances.

For more information, please contact our Community Engagement Team on the information below.

Ph. 08 9326 4850

E. communityenquiries@westernpower.com.au

 

Project name

Murray Maintenance Program

Project location

Murray

Description of the works

As part of Western Power’s 2017-18 Maintenance Program we making a substantial investment in the Murray Community, replacing 8 kilometres of overhead powerlines. Work will commence July 2017 and continue through to June 2018, however this may change due to weather and other unforeseeable circumstances. 

For more information, please contact our Community Engagement Team on the information below.

Ph. 08 9326 4850

E. communityenquiries@westernpower.com.au

 

Project name

Narembeen Maintenance Program

Project location

Narembeen

Description of the works

As part of Western Power’s 2017-18 Maintenance Program we making a substantial investment in the Narembeen Community, replacing 166 power poles and 4 kilometres of overhead powerlines. Work will commence July 2017 and continue through to June 2018, however this may change due to weather and other unforeseeable circumstances. 

For more information, please contact our Community Engagement Team on the information below.

Ph. 08 9326 4850

E. communityenquiries@westernpower.com.au

 

Project name

Battery energy storage system trial

Project location

Perenjori, Mid-West region

Description of the works

Supported by energy equipment supplier Balance Utility and infrastructure services company Decmil, Western Power is undertaking a study to improve the reliability of power supply to Perenjori.

 

The town of Perenjori, 380 kilometres north of Perth, is one of our reliability hotspot locations and frequently experiences electricity outages.

 

The two year trial will incorporate a one megawatt hour battery storage system consisting of a battery and an inverter. The system will be connected to the network via a transformer and switching equipment. During an electricity outage the system will switch on to automatically supply the town until the network is restored.

 

Analysis has shown that this innovative solution should eliminate around 80% outages and reduce the length of remaining outages.

 

The trial will help us gain experience using battery storage on the network, and give us a better understanding of how these types of systems can interact and perform with the grid.

Our engagement

Western Power has been engaging with the Shire of Perenjori, local businesses, and community. We will continue to gather feedback from residents and the project progresses.

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Project timeline

The system was installed in May 2017.

Final commissioning is planned for late 2017 / early 2018.

The trial will then run for two years.

Impacts

Improved power reliability.

Access to a backup, temporary power supply during unplanned outages.

Developing and testing a potential new solution to help address Western Australia’s energy future.

More information

Learn more about battery energy storage systems.

Project name

Piara Waters transmission line relocation project

Project location

Skeet Road, Riva Entrance and Novelli Parade

Piara Waters

Description of the works

We are relocating our existing overhead high voltage transmission line (132kV) to enable the development of vacant land in Piara Waters and the possible future development of a school.

The existing line will be diverted down Skeet Road to a new steel transition pole. From the steel pole it will travel underground along Riva Entrance and Novelli Parade to another steel transition pole in the future Mirvac development. From this point it will travel above ground to meet the existing line near Armadale Road (please refer to the map below).

To maintain power supply a temporary line will be installed above ground in the open space between Riva Entrance and Novelli Parade. The temporary line will be removed when the underground works are complete.

Our engagement

Community feedback was taken into account when considering the new line route and undergrounding options. We worked closely with the land developers Mammoth Nominees and Mirvac as well as the City of Armadale to find a solution that was favourable for all stakeholders.

The new line route was announced and the community were advised in early November via face to face discussion and letter. We will continue to keep the community up to date as the project progresses.

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Project timeline

November to December 2016    Stage 1 (Complete): Relocate line along Skeet Road and install temporary line

April 2017                                Stage 2 (Complete): Relocate line in Mirvac subdivision and connect temporary line

November 2017                        Stage 3: Begin underground section of line

March 2018                              Stage 4: Remove all temporary lines

Impacts

While the underground work is taking place there will be some minor traffic disruption along Skeet Road, Riva Entrance and Novelli Parade. When the project schedule for this portion of the work is complete we will be in touch with the community to share the traffic management plan.

More information

 FAQ sheet

Project name

Plantagenet Maintenance Program

Project location

Plantagenet

Description of the works

As part of Western Power’s 2017-18 Maintenance Program we making a substantial investment in the Plantagenet Community, replacing 190 power poles and 50 kilometres of overhead powerlines. Work will commence July 2017 and continue through to June 2018, however this may change due to weather and other unforeseeable circumstances. 

For more information, please contact our Community Engagement Team on the information below.

Ph. 08 9326 4850

E. communityenquiries@westernpower.com.au

 

Project name

Stand-alone Power Systems Pilot

Project location

Ravensthorpe, West River, Lake King, Ongerup

Description of the works

Edge of grid customers in Ravensthorpe, West River, Lake King and Ongerup experience frequent outages due to the remoteness of their supply lines. The Stand-alone Power Systems Pilot provides six of these customers with an individual stand-alone solar, battery and generator system.

The aim of the pilot is to investigate the costs and benefits of utilising stand-alone power systems in selected communities.

Learn more about stand-alone power systems.

Our engagement

Broad engagement was conducted to select appropriate customers to trial the systems.

Ongoing research and engagement was conducted with the customers throughout the pilot.  

Project timeline

The pilot ran for one year, from July 2016 to July 2017.

A further 3 years of supply through the SPS is being provided to these 6 customers.

Impacts

Increased power reliability for edge of grid customers.

Increased customer satisfaction.

Bushfire risk will be reduced if lines are removed in future.

Developing and testing a potential new solution to help address Western Australia’s energy future.

More information

Read the final report detailing the successful pilot.

Stand-alone Power System Pilot - One year on

Project name

Serpentine-Jarrahdale Maintenance Program

Project location

Serpentine-Jarrahdale

Description of the works

As part of Western Power’s 2017-18 Maintenance Program we making a substantial investment in the Serpentine-Jarrahdale Community, replacing 100 power poles and 8 kilometres of overhead powerlines. Work will commence July 2017 and continue through to June 2018, however this may change due to weather and other unforeseeable circumstances. 

For more information, please contact our Community Engagement Team on the information below.

Ph. 08 9326 4850

E. communityenquiries@westernpower.com.au

 

Project name

Campbell Barracks power supply upgrade

Project location

Stubbs Terrace and Alfred Road

Shenton Park, Mount Claremont, Claremont and Swanbourne

Description of the works

Western Power has been engaged by the Department of Defence to increase the power supply to Campbell Barracks. This will involve laying new underground cables beneath the footpath and sections of road along Stubbs Terrace and Alfred Road.

Our engagement

Notification has been sent to residents along the cable route.

Map

 

Project timeline

The project is expected to start September 2017

Impacts

While the underground work is taking place there will be some minor traffic disruption along sections of Stubbs Terrace and Alfred Road

More information

 You can register for Western Power project updates here.

Project name

Westonia Maintenance Program

Project location

Westonia

Description of the works

As part of Western Power’s 2017-18 Maintenance Program we making a substantial investment in the Westonia Community, replacing 56 power poles. Work will commence July 2017 and continue through to June 2018, however this may change due to weather and other unforeseeable circumstances. 

For more information, please contact our Community Engagement Team on the information below.

Ph. 08 9326 4850

E. communityenquiries@westernpower.com.au