Western Australia Minister for Energy Peter Collier
Attadale North Included In State Underground Power Program
Victor P Taffa
Energy Minister Peter Collier has announced the addition of Attadale North in the City of Melville to Round Four of the State Underground Power Program (SUPP).
This will replace a Project withdrawn in the City of Stirling.
Mr. Collier said Attadale North was recommended by an evaluation group, set up by the SUPP steering committee and included representatives from the Office of Energy, Western Power and an independent probity auditor.
“Work on Attadale North is expected to start in about 18 months, once the project has been fully designed and a community survey conducted to ensure property owners fully support the proposal.” Mr. Collier said.
“About 970 lots will be connected to underground power through the Attadale North project, which has a total budget of about $11.5 Million, bringing the total spent in Round Four to about $76 Million.”
This is the third underground Power Project delivered in the City of Melville through Round Four of the Program, others being Mount Pleasant North (completed) and Attadale South (progressing).
Other Projects already completed under Round Four include Maddington (City of Gosnells), Palm Beach (City of Rockingham) and Wilson West (City of Canning), with a further project progressing in Bentley East.
The Minister said a further $77 Million would be spent on the shortlisted Projects in Round Five, which were announced in December.
- City of Canning (Wilson East);
- City of Cockburn (Coolbellup East; Hamilton Hill);
- City of Melville (Ardross West);
- City of Rockingham (Shoalwater);
- City of South Perth (Salter Point);
- City of Stirling (Coolbinia);
- Town of Bassendean (Ashfield);
- Town of Victoria Park (Lathlain North; Lathlain South).
“Underground power improves the standard of electricity supply to customers, enhances local streetscapes and increases property values in the areas it is installed.” Mr. Collier said.
The SUPP is a partnership between the State Government, Western Power and participating Local Governments, with more than 51 % of homes in the Perth metropolitan area serviced by Underground Power.
The Office of Energy is now undertaking a review of the program, with a report to be provided to the Minister later this year.