Underground power

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May 2020

Western Power has approached the Town of Bassendean with an offer to underground the power in the Eden Hill area this calendar year.

Read the latest here

See the timeline:

  • Western Power finalised its Business Case (January 2020)
  • Western Power started its detailed design (February 2020)
  • Presentation to community (18 February 2020)
  • Town of Bassendean to provide information in THRIVE newsletter to all households (ratepayers) within boundary to raise awareness of opportunity (March 2020)
  • Council to consider Western Power offer to co-fund the project and payment plan for households (TBC)
  • Western Power completes detailed design (mid 2020)
  • Western Power calls tenders for construction (mid 2020)
  • Construction starts (2020)

Information session

On Tuesday 18 February about 80 people attended an information session at Eden Hill Primary School. Graham Downe, Underground Power Projects Manager, will discuss Western Power’s need to replace ageing infrastructure on the Eden Hill side of the railway line. See his presentation here.

See the cost estimates here and who pays here

Western Power has indicated that it needs to replace the infrastructure this year - either as new overhead poles and powerlines, or underground.

Western Australia’s electrical network was originally constructed as overhead powerlines and much of Perth’s urban areas remained overhead until 1991 when the State Government required all new urban subdivisions to be underground.

Typically, a project will take about 12 to 18 months from the start of construction to project completion, however timing can vary depending on size and complexity of a project area.

Benefits include:

  • Fewer power outages, improved reliability and fewer asset failures after storms
  • Improved safety, better street lighting and fewer car collisions with poles
  • Improved street appearance by removing poles and wires, pleasing views of your neighbourhood, making it a more desirable area to live in, and higher property value
  • Reduced costs for street tree pruning
  • Lower life-cycle costs, minimal maintenance and operating costs
  • Improved opportunity for emerging technologies, energy trading, electric vehicle penetration and Smart City strategies.

May 2020

Western Power has approached the Town of Bassendean with an offer to underground the power in the Eden Hill area this calendar year.

Read the latest here

See the timeline:

  • Western Power finalised its Business Case (January 2020)
  • Western Power started its detailed design (February 2020)
  • Presentation to community (18 February 2020)
  • Town of Bassendean to provide information in THRIVE newsletter to all households (ratepayers) within boundary to raise awareness of opportunity (March 2020)
  • Council to consider Western Power offer to co-fund the project and payment plan for households (TBC)
  • Western Power completes detailed design (mid 2020)
  • Western Power calls tenders for construction (mid 2020)
  • Construction starts (2020)

Information session

On Tuesday 18 February about 80 people attended an information session at Eden Hill Primary School. Graham Downe, Underground Power Projects Manager, will discuss Western Power’s need to replace ageing infrastructure on the Eden Hill side of the railway line. See his presentation here.

See the cost estimates here and who pays here

Western Power has indicated that it needs to replace the infrastructure this year - either as new overhead poles and powerlines, or underground.

Western Australia’s electrical network was originally constructed as overhead powerlines and much of Perth’s urban areas remained overhead until 1991 when the State Government required all new urban subdivisions to be underground.

Typically, a project will take about 12 to 18 months from the start of construction to project completion, however timing can vary depending on size and complexity of a project area.

Benefits include:

  • Fewer power outages, improved reliability and fewer asset failures after storms
  • Improved safety, better street lighting and fewer car collisions with poles
  • Improved street appearance by removing poles and wires, pleasing views of your neighbourhood, making it a more desirable area to live in, and higher property value
  • Reduced costs for street tree pruning
  • Lower life-cycle costs, minimal maintenance and operating costs
  • Improved opportunity for emerging technologies, energy trading, electric vehicle penetration and Smart City strategies.

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    How will you decide if this actually goes ahead? Will council Vote? Or will you canvas opinion from the Towns rate payers? We would prefer this go ahead but concerned that people in the community will complain about costs (which in my opinion are pretty reasonable) and it will never actually happen. The people in the community who make the most noise are the ones that don't want things to change. I think it would be more beneficial if the ToB takes the reins on this project and decides that YES this is happening as opposed to pandering to some disgruntled local residents.

    EdenHillResident asked 4 months ago

    The Town is waiting on the final cost estimate from Western Power before making a decision on the matter. Once Western Power completes its final engineering design, we will know more.

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    Is consideration being given to sinking power lines in north road and area towards Guildford road??

    Jen asked 5 months ago

    The current project boundary is available at the below link. Western Power in consultation with the State Government and the Town of Bassendean will continue to work together to identify future potential projects.
    https://westernpower.com.au/community/work-in-your-area/underground-power/ 

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    Hello was unable to attend meeting last night can you please tell me if Faulkner Way is included thankyou

    Nanna asked 5 months ago

    The current project boundary is available at the below link. Western Power in consultation with the State Government and the Town of Bassendean will continue to work together to identify future potential projects.
    https://westernpower.com.au/community/work-in-your-area/underground-power/ 

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    When is the plan for Walkington Way to get underground power?

    Rhiannon asked 5 months ago

    The current project boundary is available at the below link. Western Power in consultation with the State Government and the Town of Bassendean will continue to work together to identify future potential projects.
    https://westernpower.com.au/community/work-in-your-area/underground-power/ 

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    I am part of a strata with one main power connection. Will we be charged for this one connection or will each unit be charged?

    MARION asked 5 months ago

    If the overhead connection is one cable, then the charge will be for one connection. Typically, will be apportioned across each of the property owners.  

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    Why has the small area in rugby st and surrounding houses missed out ?

    Conrae Smith asked 5 months ago

    The project area was determined by Western Power’s network renewal requirements which leads to some areas being excluded. Western Power in consultation with the State Government and the Town of Bassendean will continue to work together to identify future potential projects.

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    My property is within the proposed service upgrade area, however, we already have underground power. Will all rates in the area be affected, or will the increase be inidividulised to only those who are recieving the upgrade?

    Rochelle25 asked 5 months ago

    The project area was determined by Western Power’s network renewal requirements which leads to some areas being excluded. Western Power in consultation with the State Government and the Town of Bassendean will continue to work together to identify future potential projects.

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    Are we going to lose our trees on the verge? Crn of Lord st & Success rd

    Cat asked 5 months ago

    No trees are currently planned for removal as part of the Eden Hill NRUPP project. In the unlikely event that tree removal is required as part of the project, Western Power will work closely with the Town of Bassendean to ensure compliance with the Town’s environmental management requirements.  

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    If you already have underground power, will you still have to pay a fee?

    FirstAveresident asked 4 months ago

    If you already have underground power from a mini pillar you will not be charged as part of the Eden Hill NRUPP project.  

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    According to the green area on the map Clay St is in the area to get underground power, but we currently have two new power poles laying on our verge (at no. 3, they've been there for a few weeks now), does this mean we won't get underground power? We really want it. thanks

    Lisa Williams asked 4 months ago

    The current boundary will not change regardless of any asset replacement works undertaken prior within the project boundary.

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    Can the offer of underground power be extended to Bassendean on the sout side of the train lines. We would welcome that option.

    shonaerskine asked 4 months ago

    The Town of Bassendean is advocating for all of our area to have underground power in the future.

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    Why was the area around Chedworth Way left out of the plan?

    Carole Harris asked 4 months ago

    The project area was determined by Western Power’s network renewal requirements which leads to some areas being excluded. Western Power in consultation with the State Government and the Town of Bassendean will continue to work together to identify future potential projects.

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    is this project only for the Eden Hill areas?

    Bassores asked 4 months ago

    The current project boundary is available at the below link. Western Power in consultation with the State Government and the Town of Bassendean will continue to work together to identify future potential projects.
    https://westernpower.com.au/community/work-in-your-area/underground-power/