State Underground Power Program

City of Melville supports the State Governments underground power program which aims to provide a safer environment, improved streetscapes and reliability of power supply.

What is Underground Power?

Underground Power involves the relocation of existing overhead power lines and poles to an underground power system. Once the underground power has been installed, the overhead power infrastructure is removed and new street lighting is installed as part of the project.

Benefits of Underground Power

  • Improved security and reliability of power supply.
  • Improved street lighting.
  • A safer road environment (with the removal of existing power poles).
  • Improved streetscape appearance.

How are suburbs selected?

Periodically, Local Governments are invited by the State Government Public Utilities Office to prepare submissions to be considered for inclusion into the State Underground Power Program. Several submissions are selected by the State Government Public Utilities Office to proceed to Survey stage; whereby property owners are surveyed to determine the level of support for the project to go ahead. Following the surveys, the State Government and Western Power determine which proposals are to be included into the State Underground Power Program. Majority support is required for the proposal to be considered.

What is involved in the works?

Western Power install the new underground cabling and new street lights progressively through the street verges and from the front of each property to the meter box (except where this cable already exists) using below ground boring methods.  Once the new system is connected and energised, Western Power would change each property over from the overhead to the new underground system.  The old overhead system is then removed as soon as practicable.  Any reinstatement works required as a direct result of the works will be undertaken by the relevant Western Power contractor.

How is it paid for?

Projects are funded 50% by the City of Melville in the respective project areas, 25% State Government, 25% Western Power.


Current Projects

Bicton North

  • Completed September 2017

Alfred Cove East 

  • Currently in detailed design phase 
  • Project budget will be established following completion of detailed designs
  • Interim charge of  $1,380 levied in 2017-2018 financial year to cover estimated amounts to be paid to Western Power in 2017-2018 financial year
  • Further charges will be levied in 2018-2019 financial year to recover balance of expected project costs
  • Works due to commence May 2018

 

Melville North 

  • Currently in detailed design phase 
  • Project budget will be established following completion of detailed designs
  • Interim charge of  $1,060 levied in 2017-2018 financial year to cover estimated amounts to be paid to Western Power in 2017-2018 financial year
  • Further charges will be levied in 2018-2019 financial year to recover balance of expected project costs
  • Works due to commence May 2018

Kardinya South

  • Awaiting further information from Western Power