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Hundreds more homes get underground power

  • Underground power delivered to more than 86,000 homes across WA

Power supplies to homes in Bicton will be built underground, with works starting today thanks to the State Underground Power Program.

The project will involve the safe removal of the overhead power distribution network and its replacement with underground cabling along 8.85 kilometres of street frontage, delivering underground power to another 780 properties in the northern part of Bicton.

Energy Minister Mike Nahan said the North Bicton project was one of 86 across Western Australia that had buried the electricity supply network to more than 86,000 homes.

“The State Underground Power Program continues to make a real difference for WA communities, and I commend the City of Melville for its enthusiastic involvement in the program,” Dr Nahan said.

“The State Government, the City of Melville, Western Power and local ratepayers have contributed $8.5 million to enable the delivery of underground power to another 780 properties.  

“Underground power improves the reliability and safety of electricity supplies and enhances the streetscape of local communities.

“Households and local governments also save on the cost of tree trimming which is necessary at this time of the year to prevent branches damaging powerlines, causing hazards and interruptions during storms.”  

The Minister said these works were expected to be completed in September 2016.

Fact File

  • About 780 properties will receive underground power from the project in the northern part of Bicton
  • Since 1996, the State Underground Power Program has invested more than $350m in 86 projects to bury the electricity supply network to more than 86,000 properties
  • The program is jointly funded by the State Government, local governments and Western Power, and administered by the Department of Finance, Public Utilities Office
  • Successful projects in the latest funding round for the State Underground Power Program are expected to be announced in September 2016
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