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Preliminary Assessment

Preliminary Assessment is action that is considered reasonable for people and companies to be expected to take in order to keep themselves or others and their property safe. Enquiries are sent to Western Power to provide comment or objection on outside entities work they plan to carry out which will or may affect Western Power assets.

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Notification or Reticulation Works
Apply for this if You wish to confirm if there are Western Power assets in the work zone
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A Danger Zone, Registered Easement, Restriction Zone or Minimum approach distance represent areas of high risk when building or working near the Western Power network. Before commencing any work it is essential that you complete a Dial Before You Dig enquiry to obtain the location and voltage of the Western Power network.

Areas of high risk include;

If you are planning to build or undertake works in high risk areas near transmission or communication assets (including those listed above), please ensure you and your colleagues act in a safe manner at all times and in accordance with all applicable legal and safety requirements (including the ‘duty of care’ under the laws of negligence, WorkSafe requirements and guidelines, Australian Standards and Western Power policies and procedures).

We provide services that may assist you in planning to build or work within high risk areas near transmission or communication assets (refer to your Dial Before You Dig enquiry for location and voltage). These services can be found by visiting the ‘Working near our network’ section (https://www.westernpower.com.au/safety-access/working-near-our-network/).

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Right of Way, Pedestrian Access Way Closures & General Enquiries
Apply for this if You are advising of Right of Way or Pedestrian Access Ways and general enquiries regarding Western Power assets in the work zone
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A Danger Zone, Registered Easement, Restriction Zone or Minimum approach distance represent areas of high risk when building or working near the Western Power network. Before commencing any work it is essential that you complete a Dial Before You Dig enquiry to obtain the location and voltage of the Western Power network.

 Areas of high risk include;

If you are planning to build or undertake works in high risk areas near transmission or communication assets (including those listed above), please ensure you and your colleagues act in a safe manner at all times and in accordance with all applicable legal and safety requirements (including the ‘duty of care’ under the laws of negligence, WorkSafe requirements and guidelines, Australian Standards and Western Power policies and procedures).

 We provide services that may assist you in planning to build or work within high risk areas near transmission or communication assets (refer to your Dial Before You Dig enquiry for location and voltage). These services can be found by visiting the ‘Working near our network’ section (https://www.westernpower.com.au/safety-access/working-near-our-network/).

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Local Planning Schemes/Amendments & Structure Plans
Apply for this if You are a local or State government agency advising of a proposal in your jurisdiction
How long will it take Strategic planning referrals will be responded to in accordance with established statutory timeframes
Road Closures & Partial Road Closures
Apply for this if You are advising of road or partial road closures and to confirm if there are Western Power assets in the work zone
How long will it take Strategic planning referrals will be responded to in accordance with established statutory timeframes
Development Applications & Built Stratas
Apply for this if You are looking into a completing a development and/or built strata within your council or shire and require Western Power to provide comments or objections.
How long will it take 10 business days
Works in Verge, Work Permit Enquiries & Notice of Works
Apply for this if You have received notification from Western Power advising of work in your local area and wish to advise of approval and/or approval with conditions.
How long will it take 10 business days
Encroachments
Apply for this if You have an encroachment of permanent structure on Western Power’s infrastructure corridors
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Western Power seeks to minimise permanent structures on land corridors designated for its electricity network infrastructure (both above and below ground) pursuant to the Utility Providers Code of Practice for Western Australia.  Reasons for Western Power’s position include:

  • Improved safety outcomes for land owners and occupiers, the general public and Western Power personnel due to less third party interaction with electricity network infrastructure.
  • Reduced electricity supply interruptions due to less third party interaction with electricity network infrastructure.
  • Shorter electricity supply interruption times due to easier and quicker access to Western Power’s infrastructure to rectify the cause of the interruption.
  • Improved efficiencies leading to lower electricity costs due to easier and quicker access to install, replace and otherwise maintain Western Power’s electricity network infrastructure.

With the above in mind, Western Power does not support land owners or other occupiers constructing permanent structures (such as fences, walls, retaining walls, letter boxes etc.) in front of the boundary of their property which abuts the road reserve.  Western Power is particularly sensitive to structures encroaching into the road reserve given Western Power’s designated land corridor for its underground assets immediately abuts the front boundary of properties.

If a structure encroaches into the road reserve and it:

  • imposes a safety risk or a risk to the reliability of electricity supply
  • impedes Western Power performing its works which are necessary to carry out its function as an electricity network operator (i.e. inspection, replacement, new, maintenance, upgrade works etc.)

Western Power may request the removal of the structure or complete these works itself and may seek to recover its costs.  In these circumstances Western Power will not replace or make good the structure or otherwise pay any compensation.  

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