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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 network maintenance bundle

Project location

Albany and the wider Great Southern

Description of the works

To ensure you have a safe and reliable electricity supply into the future, Western Power is making some big improvements across the network.

These critical upgrades in Albany and the wider Great Southern are part of a 40 million dollar  project to improve the safety and maintain the reliability of your power supply.

We will be working to replace approximately 200 wood power poles and over 170 kilometres of overhead powerlines.

Our engagement

We have engaged with local governments in the region to discuss the works and impacts. A poster about the works was created and distributed through the City of Albany and an advertisement appeared in the Albany Advertiser on 10 November 2016.

We continue to communicate with the affected communities through our Facebook page and direct mail.

Map

Visit the outages map for information on current planned outages in your area.

Project timeline

Work has already commenced in some areas and will continue through to June 2017.

Impacts

Keeping the community and our crews safe is our number one priority. It is not always safe to work on live lines so there will be times when we will need to interrupt the power supply. To help you prepare we will let you know ahead of time if your home or business will be affected by a power outage.

For more details, keep an eye out for mail from us and download the Western Power smartphone app.

Project name

Mandurah network maintenance bundle

Project location

Mandurah and Waroona area

Description of the works

To ensure you have a safe and reliable electricity supply into the future, Western Power is making some big improvements across the network.

These critical upgrades in Mandurah and Waroona are part of a $15 million project to improve the safety and maintain the reliability of the region's power supply.

Western Power will be working to replace more than 670 power poles and approximately 53 kilometres of overhead powerlines in the Mandurah and Waroona areas.

Our engagement

We have engaged with local governments in the region to discuss the works and impacts. A poster about the works was created and distributed in Mandurah and Waroona and advertisements were posted in the Harvey Waroona Reporter on 15 November and Mandurah Mail on 17 November 2016.

We continue to communicate with the affected communities through our Facebook page and direct mail.

Map

Visit the outages map for information on current planned outages in your area.

Project timeline

Work has already commenced in some areas and will continue through to June 2017.

Impacts

Keeping the community and our crews safe is our number one priority. It is not always safe to work on live lines so there will be times when we will need to interrupt the power supply. To help you prepare we will let you know ahead of time if your home or business will be affected by a planned power outage.

For more details, keep an eye out for mail from us and download the Western Power smartphone app.

Project name

Bunbury network maintenance bundle

Project location

Bunbury and surrounding areas

Description of the works

To ensure you have a safe and reliable electricity supply into the future, Western Power is making some big improvements across the network.

These critical upgrades in Bunbury and surrounding areas are part of a $15 million project to improve the safety and maintain the reliability of the region’s power supply.

Western Power will be working to replace more than 430 power poles and approximately 40 kilometres of overhead powerlines.

Our engagement

We have engaged with the City of Bunbury to discuss the works and impacts on the region. A poster was created and distributed through the City of Bunbury and an advertisement was published in the Bunbury Mail on 16 November 2016.

We continue to communicate with the affected communities through our Facebook page and direct mail.

Map

Visit the outages map for information on current planned outages in your area.

Project timeline

Work has already commenced in some areas and will continue through to June 2017.

Impacts

Keeping the community and our crews safe is our number one priority. It is not always safe to work on live lines so there will be times when we will need to interrupt the power supply. To help you prepare we will let you know ahead of time if your home or business will be affected by a power outage.

For more details, keep an eye out for mail from us and download the Western Power smartphone app.

Project name

Fremantle Area Maintenance Work

Project location

North Fremantle, Fremantle, White Gum Valley and Beaconsfield

Description of the works

To make sure you have a safe and reliable electricity supply into the future, Western Power is making some big improvements across the network.

This includes a substantial investment in the City of Fremantle, replacing more than 250 power poles and almost 20 kilometres of overhead powerlines. Work will commence in January and continue through to the end of July 2017.

Keeping the community and our crews safe throughout these works is our number one priority. It is not always safe to work on live lines so there will be times when we will need to interrupt the power supply. To help you prepare we will let you know ahead of time if your home or business will be affected by a power outage. If you are a business and would like us to consider your circumstances, please call us on 13 10 87.

Our engagement

  • City of Fremantle meeting in July and December 2016
  • Communications plan created - 41754205
  • Works notice sent to City of Fremantle to push out through their channels - 41763435 
  • Works notice ad printed in both local newspapers - Gazette 10/01, Herald 7/01

Project timeline

January – July 2017

 

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

Map

 

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

Durlacher Street Substation Decommissioning/Rangeway Substation Upgrade

Project location

Durlacher Street and Hutchinson Street

Geraldton

Description of the works

The Durlacher substation is being decommissioned due to its condition and age. To compensate and maintain electricity supply the Rangeway substation will be expanded with the installation of an additional 33MVA transformer (132/11kv), indoor switchboard and new switch room.

The project will also involve the installation of new underground cables and ducts between Rangeway substation and Durlacher substation. Six underground ducts (4 feeders, 2 spare) will exit Rangeway on the eastern side and connect to the Durlacher substation site.

The project is currently in the detailed design phase.

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.

Community engagement will take place after the detailed design is finalised.

Map

Not yet available

Project timeline

The design work should be completed by February 2017.

Civil works to install the underground cables from Rangeway to Durlacher should commence in July 2017.

New transformer and associated equipment installation commencing in November 2017.

New transformer energised by July 2018.

Durlacher substation decommissioning late 2018/19.

Impacts

This will depend on the method of installing the underground cables. Open trenching will disrupt traffic and property access for residents. There may also be outages associated with the works. Other construction impacts may include, but not limited to:

  • Noise
  • Dust
  • Vibration

More information

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

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.

Map

 

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 process of procurement to clarify costs and funding options. The intention is to have the contracts in place and the project underway in 2017.

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

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 east 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 capable of supplying back-up electricity to the town for 2 to 4 hours. The system will consist of a battery and an inverter, which 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.

This innovative solution aims to eliminate the majority of short electricity outages and reduce the impact of longer 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

We have engaged with the Perenjori Shire and Council and a community meeting was held in June 2016.

Map

Project timeline

The system is due to be installed in March 2017 as part of the two year trial.  

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.

Map

 

Project timeline

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

April 2017                                Stage 2: 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

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 is being conducted with the customers throughout the pilot.  

Project timeline

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

Impacts

Increased power reliability for edge of grid customers.

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

Visit our recent blog post to learn more about the project.