Underground Power

The City of Nedlands takes another step forward in progressing underground power for the City. The Hollywood area and its residents are being asked to consider a proposal for the installation of underground power.

The City of Nedlands has been invited by Western Power to participate in a high voltage project which could provide underground power to approximately 600 properties.

To progress the proposal, a survey was undertaken with the property owners during January-February to determine their views on the importance of installing underground power and their willingness to pay for the connection (see Council Report 26 April 2017 for the results).

The City has now received the detailed design estimate from Western Power for the project.

The cost of the project is less than originally anticipated because Western Power have agreed to subsidise the project cost more than originally proposed and there is a significant level of existing underground connection within the area of the project.

Consequently, the Council has agreed to progress with a second survey of property owners in the project area to determine their willingness to pay the estimated cost to each property.

How can you get involved, find out more or provide feedback?

Property owners within the Hollywood project area, will be receiving a letter from the City outlining the proposal and the estimated cost for each property (including any discounts that may be applicable) together with a short survey. This survey closes on Monday 3 July 2017.

Property owners within the Hollywood project area and the community generally can participate by:

  • Asking us a question using the Ask us a Question tool and we will respond
  • Read the frequently asked questions (FAQs) for further information
  • Refer to document library for relevant reports, guidelines and maps of proposed areas
  • Reading the newsfeeds below to stay updated with progress
  • Providing feedback using the Feedback tool below.

Thank you for your interest in this project and your contributions. All feedback and updates on the project will occur on in the 'Newsfeeds' on this engagement page.

If you wish to be advised of, or participate in other community engagement projects, please register by clicking on the "Register to get involved" tab on this page.

The City of Nedlands takes another step forward in progressing underground power for the City. The Hollywood area and its residents are being asked to consider a proposal for the installation of underground power.

The City of Nedlands has been invited by Western Power to participate in a high voltage project which could provide underground power to approximately 600 properties.

To progress the proposal, a survey was undertaken with the property owners during January-February to determine their views on the importance of installing underground power and their willingness to pay for the connection (see Council Report 26 April 2017 for the results).

The City has now received the detailed design estimate from Western Power for the project.

The cost of the project is less than originally anticipated because Western Power have agreed to subsidise the project cost more than originally proposed and there is a significant level of existing underground connection within the area of the project.

Consequently, the Council has agreed to progress with a second survey of property owners in the project area to determine their willingness to pay the estimated cost to each property.

How can you get involved, find out more or provide feedback?

Property owners within the Hollywood project area, will be receiving a letter from the City outlining the proposal and the estimated cost for each property (including any discounts that may be applicable) together with a short survey. This survey closes on Monday 3 July 2017.

Property owners within the Hollywood project area and the community generally can participate by:

  • Asking us a question using the Ask us a Question tool and we will respond
  • Read the frequently asked questions (FAQs) for further information
  • Refer to document library for relevant reports, guidelines and maps of proposed areas
  • Reading the newsfeeds below to stay updated with progress
  • Providing feedback using the Feedback tool below.

Thank you for your interest in this project and your contributions. All feedback and updates on the project will occur on in the 'Newsfeeds' on this engagement page.

If you wish to be advised of, or participate in other community engagement projects, please register by clicking on the "Register to get involved" tab on this page.

  • Going underground to light up the streets

    about 2 months ago
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    The City of Nedlands has accepted Western Power’s proposal to connect underground power to about 600 properties in the West Hollywood area, following a unanimous council decision.

    It follows a consultation period where 67.9 per cent of respondents supported the Nedlands (West Hollywood) Underground Power Project’s detailed design estimate.

    Western Power have advised the City it had the option to own and operate the streetlight network within the project area and could also tender for the streetlight network separately. All new streetlight networks associated with underground power will be LED-based and there will be options for smart control.

    Existing high-pressure... Continue reading

    The City of Nedlands has accepted Western Power’s proposal to connect underground power to about 600 properties in the West Hollywood area, following a unanimous council decision.

    It follows a consultation period where 67.9 per cent of respondents supported the Nedlands (West Hollywood) Underground Power Project’s detailed design estimate.

    Western Power have advised the City it had the option to own and operate the streetlight network within the project area and could also tender for the streetlight network separately. All new streetlight networks associated with underground power will be LED-based and there will be options for smart control.

    Existing high-pressure sodium, metal halide and mercury vapour streetlights are not energy efficient and typically operate 12 hours a day at full intensity, which means their energy cost is high – and they only have a lifespan of about five years. Whereas, LED-based streetlights have a lifespan of up to 20 years, enabling lower energy and operational costs, which means they are a more economic, robust and environmentally appropriate method to light the City’s streets.

    The City would provide a project coordinator to liaise between Western Power and the community to ensure the underground power project proceeded as smoothly as possible. It will also explore the potential for the electronic-metered supply of the streetlight network, either permanently or as a trial, with Energy Minister Ben Wyatt, Western Power and Synergy.

    The Nedlands (West Hollywood) Underground Power Project is expected to begin in mid-2018, but the actual timing of the project’s stages was dependent on council and Western Power decisions and the availability of materials and contractors.


  • Survey for Hollywood Area - Now Closed - Thank you for Participating

    3 months ago
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    Thank you to the property owners who contributed to the survey for the installation of underground power in an area of Hollywood.

    The responses are being assessed. Following this process, the results of the survey will be included in a report to the 25 July 2017 Council meeting.

    Thank you to the property owners who contributed to the survey for the installation of underground power in an area of Hollywood.

    The responses are being assessed. Following this process, the results of the survey will be included in a report to the 25 July 2017 Council meeting.

  • Survey with property owners in the project area

    3 months ago
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    Are you a property owner within the project area? If so, it is really important that you complete your survey. If you are having difficulties in completing the survey for any reason, please contact the City. We will support you to ensure your voice is heard.

    Are you a property owner within the project area? If so, it is really important that you complete your survey. If you are having difficulties in completing the survey for any reason, please contact the City. We will support you to ensure your voice is heard.

  • Underground power for Hollywood area to progress to the next stage

    3 months ago
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    A second community engagement process with individual property owners within the Hollywood area is progressing. This process has resulted in the Council receiving the detail design estimate (+ or - 10%).

    The survey will be inviting property owners to provide a yes/no answer to either support or not support the project in accordance with the detailed design estimate.

    The Council has accepted a model on a 50/50 share basis between the City and the project landowners which includes the recovery of the design cost and excludes the Western Power contribution.

    Each property owner within the project area will receive a... Continue reading

    A second community engagement process with individual property owners within the Hollywood area is progressing. This process has resulted in the Council receiving the detail design estimate (+ or - 10%).

    The survey will be inviting property owners to provide a yes/no answer to either support or not support the project in accordance with the detailed design estimate.

    The Council has accepted a model on a 50/50 share basis between the City and the project landowners which includes the recovery of the design cost and excludes the Western Power contribution.

    Each property owner within the project area will receive a letter that provides the individual owner's contribution to the project including any discounts that may be applicable for existing underground services and pensioner status. Similar to the detail design estimate provided by Western Power, the contribution is within + or - 10% of the final contribution.

    It is anticipated that Council will deliberate the outcomes of the survey at the July 2017 Ordinary Council meeting.

  • Path to underground power in Hollywood continues

    5 months ago
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    The Council at its meeting held on 26 April 2017 resolved to pursue the following in relation to the Hollywood Underground Power Project:

    • The Energy Minister Ben Wyatt will be contacted with a written request seeking changes to State Underground Power Program selection criteria – and the availability of the City Nedlands project will be highlighted, should others be cancelled.
    • A meeting with the Minister will also be sought to discuss establishing a “customer design and construct” status for the City’s underground power projects.
    • There will also be further exploration of the opportunity to own and manage the... Continue reading

    The Council at its meeting held on 26 April 2017 resolved to pursue the following in relation to the Hollywood Underground Power Project:

    • The Energy Minister Ben Wyatt will be contacted with a written request seeking changes to State Underground Power Program selection criteria – and the availability of the City Nedlands project will be highlighted, should others be cancelled.
    • A meeting with the Minister will also be sought to discuss establishing a “customer design and construct” status for the City’s underground power projects.
    • There will also be further exploration of the opportunity to own and manage the street light network and prepare a business case for council to consider.
    • Subject to receipt of the detailed design estimate – plus or minus 10 per cent – and council endorsement of the financial model, a second consultation process will take place. The engagement will be to seek a yes-no answer to support the project, based on the individual landowner’s contribution, as established from the design estimate.

    A media release in relation to this decision can be found on the City's website

    The full report can be read by visiting the document library.
  • Engagement Period Closed for Hollywood Area Proposed Project

    7 months ago
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    Thank you to everyone who participated in the survey.

    The survey responses will now be analysed with a report to be prepared and presented to the Council at its meeting scheduled for 26 April 2017, along with the Council receiving (and agreeing) on the final design and cost and the preferred funding model.

    The report will also include the next steps of developing the project.

    Thank you to everyone who participated in the survey.

    The survey responses will now be analysed with a report to be prepared and presented to the Council at its meeting scheduled for 26 April 2017, along with the Council receiving (and agreeing) on the final design and cost and the preferred funding model.

    The report will also include the next steps of developing the project.

  • Cape Utilities - State 2 - Selby Street to Shenton Park Sub Station HV Upgrade

    7 months ago
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    Cape Utilities have been awarded the second phase of the Western Power High Voltage (HV) Network upgrade of new power cables from the Selby Street, Shenton Park sub station to the corner of Senate and Melville Streets Claremont.

    This work will be commencing February 2017 and should be completed early April. Cape Utilities are continuing to work closely with the City to successfully complete the project with minimum disruption to land owners, businesses and the general public.

    Please see the document library to view the cable route and the letter advising impending works to residents.

    If you have a query... Continue reading

    Cape Utilities have been awarded the second phase of the Western Power High Voltage (HV) Network upgrade of new power cables from the Selby Street, Shenton Park sub station to the corner of Senate and Melville Streets Claremont.

    This work will be commencing February 2017 and should be completed early April. Cape Utilities are continuing to work closely with the City to successfully complete the project with minimum disruption to land owners, businesses and the general public.

    Please see the document library to view the cable route and the letter advising impending works to residents.

    If you have a query or concern, please contact Brian Burns, Cape Utilities Project Manager on mobile 0404 842 231 (Ref: 160185-CAPE-LTR-001).


  • SUPP Round 6 - Successful submissions announced

    8 months ago
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    The Energy Minister, The Hon. Mike Nahan has announced today the successful applicants for the State Underground Power Program (SUPP), Round 6. Unfortunately the three (3) proposals by the City of Nedlands were unsuccessful.

    However, the proposal by the Town of Cambridge which includes the City's boundary (Alderbury Street) at Floreat was successful.

    The media release can be found on the State Government's media statements website.

    The Energy Minister, The Hon. Mike Nahan has announced today the successful applicants for the State Underground Power Program (SUPP), Round 6. Unfortunately the three (3) proposals by the City of Nedlands were unsuccessful.

    However, the proposal by the Town of Cambridge which includes the City's boundary (Alderbury Street) at Floreat was successful.

    The media release can be found on the State Government's media statements website.

  • Approximately 475 Hollywood allotments may soon be connected by underground power.

    8 months ago
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    The City’s liaison with Western Power to explore options for the delivery of underground power to the remaining 2,218 allotments in the city has resulted in Western Power inviting the City of Nedlands to participate in a high voltage project which could provide underground power to properties in the Hollywood area.

    To progress the proposal, the City is undertaking a survey of property owners within the project area to gauge their views on the importance of installing underground power in the area and their willingness to pay for it.

    The outcomes of the community engagement will form part... Continue reading

    The City’s liaison with Western Power to explore options for the delivery of underground power to the remaining 2,218 allotments in the city has resulted in Western Power inviting the City of Nedlands to participate in a high voltage project which could provide underground power to properties in the Hollywood area.

    To progress the proposal, the City is undertaking a survey of property owners within the project area to gauge their views on the importance of installing underground power in the area and their willingness to pay for it.

    The outcomes of the community engagement will form part of a report for Council consideration at its Council Meeting in April, along with a presentation of the proposed design and costs, and funding model options.

    This project also has potential benefits for the residents of the Council district as it provides an opportunity to upgrade the street lighting in the area along with placing the high voltage distribution cables underground and establishing a potential model for the rest of the City to follow.

  • Underground Power Proposal for Hollywood Area

    8 months ago
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    Following extensive work by the City since 2012, the City has been approached by Western Power to be part of a potential underground power project in the Hollywood area.

    The first stage of this process is to agree to the development of a detail design and specification for the project in order to progress the Hollywood area underground power proposal to meet the Western Power timetable.

    As a result, the Council at its meeting on 20 December 2016 resolved to:

    1. Accept the quotation of $119,404 ex GST from Western Power to complete the detailed design for the Hollywood Underground... Continue reading

    Following extensive work by the City since 2012, the City has been approached by Western Power to be part of a potential underground power project in the Hollywood area.

    The first stage of this process is to agree to the development of a detail design and specification for the project in order to progress the Hollywood area underground power proposal to meet the Western Power timetable.

    As a result, the Council at its meeting on 20 December 2016 resolved to:

    1. Accept the quotation of $119,404 ex GST from Western Power to complete the detailed design for the Hollywood Underground Power Project (HUPP);
    2. Request Administration to commence a consultation process with the property owners within the HUPP to be completed by March 2017; and
    3. Requests Administration prepare a report for the April 2017 round of Council meetings detailing the financial model options for the progression of the HUPP to a construction phase.

    To find out more and to read the report, please visit the City's website, Council Agendas and Minutes for December 2016 (Council minutes, 20 December 2016, Page 10).