City is progressing with the detailed designs for the three remaining areas (Floreat, Mt Claremont, Hollywood East) for the installation of underground power.
Western Power have been engaged to complete the detailed designs and cost estimates which is due by mid-2020. Once the designs are received a report will be presented
this point in time there are no specific timelines available for the completion
of the works or what the priority on the areas will be.
Nedlands ratepayers within the area of the West Hollywood Underground Power Project are being delivered a refund in the form of a reduced bill with their 2019-20 rates notice, as a result of the project coming in well under budget.
Approximately $250,000 is currently being returned to the West Hollywood Underground Power Project ratepayers, with another $250,000 transferred back into the underground power reserve fund. The savings have been realised through a combination of sound project management skills and an excellent working partnership between the City, Western Power and contractors.
The City is very pleased that the project came in under budget and delivered a refund to residents as a result of excellent project management and cooperation between Western Power and the City.
Normal practice with projects of this size is that an amount is withheld to manage any defects that may occur within the defects liability period of 52 weeks post-project completion date. This means, if no issues arise during the defects liability period, further refunds may be passed on in early-mid 2020.
The Council at its Ordinary Meeting of 26 February 2019 supported a Notice of Motion that funds be included in the 2019/20 budget for the detail design of underground power for the remaining properties in the City with aerial power.
This is supported by the Administration and an amount of $220,000 has been included in the draft budget for next year.
The benefit of this action is that the City of Nedlands will be project ready when Western Power and/or the State Government announces how underground power will be retro-fitted into the future.
It must be noted that the City cannot legally install underground power assets and connect to the grid without the support of Western Power.
Further information in regard to the current funding models, the City's underground power policy and relationship with Western Power can be found in the FAQs on this engagement page.
All civil works have been completed for zones one, two and three of this project.
Overhead line dismantling was undertaken during December and into early January 2019 including the completion of the street lighting installation.
A ceremony to celebrate the removal of the “last pole” and the finalisation of the project was held on Tuesday 29 January 2019 in Weld Street adjacent Carrington Park.
The project has come in on budget and slightly ahead of schedule, overall a very successful Underground Power Project for the City and the Community.
A big thank you to all the patience of the residents while this work was being undertaken.
Thank you to the project participants (Western Power, Cable Layers Australia) who have worked collaboratively with the City in the delivery of the project.
Contractors have commenced preliminary works in Zone 6 on 6 December 2018. This work mainly consisted of the location of services within the triangle area and along Alfred Road.
The project is still in its early stages and is due for completion in April 2019.
During January 2019 there will be partial road closures on Carrington Street between Dalkeith Road and Ord Street to facilitate the removal of overhead power lines and the installation of new underground street lighting.
To assist with the smooth and safe movement through the work site detours will be in place.
Thank you for your patience while this important work is being undertaken.
Cable Layers Australia will be undertaking works on Carrington Street on Sunday 18 November to remove redundant power lines as part of the Hollywood West underground power project.
The west bound lane heading towards Loch Street (between Weld and Ord Street) will be closed from 7.30am to 1pm to ensure the power lines are removed safely.
Traffic management will be in place during this time to enable motorists and pedestrians to pass safely. Full access will be available to the side streets during this time.
Thank you for your cooperation during this time.
Western Power's contractors, Cable Layers are nearly half way through the installation of placing power underground in the Hollywood West area.
The proposed dates for completion dates for each zone (click on heading above to view map) is as follows:
Zone 1: 30 September 2018
Zone 2: 30 October 2018
Zone 3: 23 January 2019
Residents have been asking when will the City be placing underground power in the remainder of the City.
The City is planning to complete the balance of the undergrounding of the remaining aerial power systems as part of the ten year financial plan. Consequently, it is anticipated that the works will be completed during the next decade, however the exact timing for each area has yet to be determined.
The underground power project is progressing to schedule. A summary of the current status follows:
- Completion of Loftus Street cable jointing – testing in preparation of commissioning for house changeovers.
- Napier Street completion of drilling both sides of the road.
- Transformer installation on Government Road complete.
18 resident issues reported with 17 closed out and one awaiting further action. All issues have been reported direct to the Contractor (Cable Layers) which reflects the effectiveness of the distribution of the resident project advices.
The proposed dates for construction and status of completion for each of the zones are as follows:
30 April 2018
11 July 2018
15 October 2018
2 October 2018
21 January 2019