Underground Power

The City of Nedlands continues to install underground power across the City with the completion of the West Hollywood project.

The projects in Claremont Triangle and Alfred Road (Town of Claremont project) and Alderbury Street, Floreat (Town of Cambridge project) are now progressing and close to completion.

When these projects are complete 78.5% of the City will have underground power installed to their properties, with a remaining 1,707 properties without underground power in East Hollywood, Floreat and Mt Claremont areas.

The City is now progressing with investigations on progressing the installation of underground power in these remaining properties.

Visit the newsfeeds and read the information on this engagement page to find out progress.


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

Anyone can comment on the underground power projects within the City of Nedlands. You can participate by:

  • If not already register, please do so on the "Register to get involved" tab on this page
  • Asking us a question using the Ask us a Question tool and we will respond
  • Reading the frequently asked questions (FAQs) for further information.

Opportunities to provide feedback on the projects will be available at key stages of the development of further projects.

All feedback and updates on the project will occur on in the 'Newsfeeds' on this engagement page.


The City of Nedlands continues to install underground power across the City with the completion of the West Hollywood project.

The projects in Claremont Triangle and Alfred Road (Town of Claremont project) and Alderbury Street, Floreat (Town of Cambridge project) are now progressing and close to completion.

When these projects are complete 78.5% of the City will have underground power installed to their properties, with a remaining 1,707 properties without underground power in East Hollywood, Floreat and Mt Claremont areas.

The City is now progressing with investigations on progressing the installation of underground power in these remaining properties.

Visit the newsfeeds and read the information on this engagement page to find out progress.


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

Anyone can comment on the underground power projects within the City of Nedlands. You can participate by:

  • If not already register, please do so on the "Register to get involved" tab on this page
  • Asking us a question using the Ask us a Question tool and we will respond
  • Reading the frequently asked questions (FAQs) for further information.

Opportunities to provide feedback on the projects will be available at key stages of the development of further projects.

All feedback and updates on the project will occur on in the 'Newsfeeds' on this engagement page.


  • Town of Cambridge Project - Alderbury Street Properties

    15 June, 2018
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    The Town of Cambridge underground power project has commenced following the completion of the detailed design by Western Power.

    A copy of the Town of Cambridge advertisement recently published in the POST newspaper can be found in this newsfeed. It provides advice on the timing of the project.


  • Update on West Hollywood Project

    15 June, 2018
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    Contractors, Cable Layers commenced the project in April 2018. Zone One: Loftus Street area has commenced which will include service locating, service road crossings, directional drilling of low volage ( LV) cables and installing the consumer mains.

    The project is currently running on budget and on schedule.

  • Town of Claremont Project - Alfred Road and Claremont Triangle Section

    25 May, 2018
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    The Town of Claremont and Western Power project involving properties within the Alfred Road and Claremont Triangle is commencing from June 2018.

    To find our more, please read the Town of Claremont underground power project newsletter in the document library.

  • Interest rate applied and administration fees explained

    03 May, 2018
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    The interest rate is likely to be 4% interest. However, this percentage will be confirmed when the City finalises the borrowings. The percentage charged will relate to interest rates applied to borrowings at the time by the WA Treasury Corporation. The City will ensure the lowest rate available is achieved.

    The administration costs are included in the price estimate.

    The ten annual instalments will be of equal value.

  • Questions in relation to repayments

    23 April, 2018
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    Thank you to everyone who have been contacting us in relation to the underground power payments. We are currently working through them and will be providing a response shortly.

    We apologise for any inconvenience being caused.

  • Closure of Government Road Cul-de-sac for underground power works

    17 April, 2018
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    The City is intending to close the cul-de-sac end of Government Road for a period of ten months, commencing on Tuesday, 1 May 2018 through to 28 February 2019. The purpose of the closure is to allow Western Power to use this section as a temporary storage area for the lay-down of materials and site facilities for the Nedlands West Hollywood underground power project (refer document library - plan of proposal).

    This temporary closure is being undertaken in accordance with the Local Government Act 1995, Subdivision 5, “Certain provisions about thoroughfares” Clause 3.50, “Closing certain thoroughfares to vehicles”.

    If you wish to lodge a submission in relation to the road closure, please address them to Chief Executive Officer, City of Nedlands, 71 Stirling Highway, Nedlands WA 6009 or forward an email to council@nedlands.wa.gov.au. All submissions will be taken into consideration, and are to be submitted no later than Friday 27 April 2018.

    Should you require any further information, please contact Maria Hulls, Manager Engineering Services on 08 9273 3500.

    Thank you for your cooperation while the City undertakes this important infrastructure project.
  • West Hollywood Area - Implementation Information

    13 April, 2018
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    Work on the implementation stage of the Nedlands (West Hollywood) Underground Power Project will begin on 30 April.

    The City, together with Western Power, has already completed an upgrade to the capacity of the high voltage network in preparation for the latest work.

    Taking about 10 months to complete, the latest stage includes the installation of:

    • Remaining transformers and switchgear.
    • New underground network cables along road reserves.
    • Customer mains from the property boundary to the meter board, where required.
    • New LED street lighting using the latest technology.

    The removal of overheard powerlines will then follow.

    Cable Layers Australia have been contracted to do the work and will keep residents updated during the project.

    The City has a commitment to carrying out the work with as little impact as possible.

    The co-operation from everyone to ensure the project proceeds smoothly will be appreciated. Both the City and Western Power will be keeping you up-to-date as the project progresses.

    During the works each property will receive a series of advices with information about the work, as well as the contractor’s phone number so enquiries can be dealt with quickly.

    This underground power project will greatly improve the overall amenity of the area and bring significant benefits in terms of safety, security and continuity of supply.

    To find out more, check out the newsletter in the document library and read the FAQs.

  • Stage 2 Planning nearly completed

    02 March, 2018
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    The next stage of the underground power project is progressing by Western Power who are currently completing the tendering process for the project. The second stage will take approximately nine months to compete and include the installation of the remaining transformers and switchgear, new underground network cables, customer mains from the property boundary and new LED street lighting.

    The next stage will also include advice on the final individual contribution for each property and payment options (single or 10 year loan).

    The City is currently developing a newsletter for all property owners within the project area which will be distributed once Western Power has confirmed the successful tenderer and the work flow for the installation across the project area. Property owners will also be receiving a series of advices from Western Power or their contractors throughout the project as various stages of the work begins. The City will also be issuing further newsletters and updates via Your Voice Nedlands at key stages throughout the project.

  • Notification of Works - Primary Equipment Locations (Site 2 Loftus Street, Site 3 - Napier Street)

    05 January, 2018
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    Western Power will be undertaking works to install ground mounted transformer units and switch gear (630 KVA 11 KV MPS TX) in the drainage sumps at Loftus and Napier Streets which are essential for the management of power distribution for the Hollywood West underground power project. The installations will occur in the following locations from Monday 15 January 2018:


  • Proposal - Alfred Road

    01 December, 2017
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    The Town of Claremont has been successful in progressing a customer-funded underground power project for the remainder of Claremont on the same basis as the West Hollywood project in Nedlands. The Claremont project is bound to the north by Alfred Road, and to the east by Brockway. During the design of the project, the project partners did not recognise that there were 80 properties within the City of Nedlands that received their power from the aerial network in Claremont. The City also recognised that there were a further 13 properties who could receive underground power due to the relocation of the Mimosa Avenue transformer to College Green.

    Council at it’s Ordinary Meeting of Tuesday 28 November resolved that:

    “Council requests the Administration conduct a community consultation of the landowners within the Alfred Road Underground Power Project to ascertain the level of support to fund underground power to the 93 properties affected.”

    The City is writing to all property owners within the project area to gauge their level of support for this proposal.

    In accordance with the City practice, the affected property owners are being invited to complete the survey currently being posted. The results of the survey will be included in the decision-making process for Council.

    Should the project progress, works are anticipated to be completed within the next 18 months.