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Placement of power poles

The following policies detail location and set back requirements for poles near roads:

Design software

Design software is available to help road designers determine set backs for various road types (speed and traffic volume) and terrains.

We designed the pole setback calculator to assist in locating poles and other electrical infrastructure near roads and in road reserves.

The use of these set backs reduces the risk of damage to poles and infrastructure, which in turn reduces power interruptions. A local government authority may become liable, under section 52(2) of the Energy Operators (Powers) Act 1979, for the cost of relocating poles and electrical infrastructure if the local government authority widens or alters a road in a way that puts poles and infrastructure at risk of damage.


Use of this calculator will not guarantee that poles and infrastructure will be correctly located or that a local government authority will not become liable for relocation costs. This calculator is not designed to ensure safety for road users (including pedestrians, drivers and passengers) or to minimise the risk of damage to road vehicles and should not be used for those purposes.


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Kalgoorlie storm response

Update 19 November 2017 - 6.30pm

We have restored electricity to about 3,000 customers in the Kalgoorlie-Boulder area since the wild storms that struck the Goldfields yesterday.

We have eight extra specialist crews in the region working into the night to restore power as safely and as quickly possible to our other 14,000 customers currently without electricity.

Further restorations are expected this evening, but people - especially those with an individual connection wire from their house to the network that has been brought down by debris - should be preparing for a night without power.

In some limited cases those individual customers may be without power for several days more until connections can be repaired and tested and declared safe by authorised specialists.

Four 500kVA Western Power Emergency Generators will be used to assist in restoration and other critical infrastructure when it is safe to do so. Two nursing homes have had power restored with the use of generators.

We are continuing to focus efforts on lines that can restore power and services to critical infrastructure and large numbers of customers in an attempt to return power as quickly and as safely to as many people as possible.

The priority areas for our crews at the moment are in Coolgardie, Kambalda, Boulder, Lionel West , Somerville and Picadilly South, the central business district and Hannan and Porter Streets in Kalgoorlie.

Over 173 hazards were registered with Western Power which has been reduced substantially but there are still a number of hazards left to attend, and our crews are discovering more hazards as they move through the network frustrating our progress.

If you see a fallen powerline or damaged pole call make the safe call to Western Power on 13 13 51 or if it is a life-threatening emergency, please call 000.

Power outage map for restoration times.