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Residents in Augusta, Karridale and surrounds will benefit from improved power reliability with a comprehensive network upgrade and maintenance program commencing this month.

Western Power Executive Manager of Asset Operations Zane Christmas said the work highlighted the business’s commitment to continually enhancing network resilience and safety to provide a better service for the community.

“We’re upgrading and replacing infrastructure in the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River, with $1.1 million being spent on replacing around 70 poles and 12km of conductor along the main feeder line.

“This will strengthen network resilience against seasonal and environmental impacts and improve safety and reliability performance of the network. It will help reduce any potential outage duration and frequency.”

“To minimise the impact on the community while we undertake this essential work, we’re deploying a temporary large-scale generator to support homes and businesses in the area.”

The work is taking place in two stages, with the first completed between 19 November- 22 December, and stage two planned to be completed between January and February 2024.

There may be some short outages (between 15-30 minutes) as we connect homes and businesses to the generator. A small number of customers will receive a planned outage notification for works happening directly in their area.

We will be notifying customers 10 business days prior with specific dates and times so they can prepare.

“We understand planned outages can cause some inconvenience to residents and businesses, but we’re asking the community to bear with us while we complete these important upgrades,” Mr Christmas said.

“We expect that this work will bring valuable improvements to reliability of power supply and help create a more resilient network which will benefit the whole community.”

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