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.


  • SUPP Round 6 - Successful submissions announced

    27 January, 2017
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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.

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

    24 January, 2017
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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 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

    24 January, 2017
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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 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).
  • Western Power to commence works on HV Upgrades

    11 November, 2016
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    Western Power are commencing two projects on the underground cable installation projects (MR013890 New Feeder 1 & MR013896 New Feeder 7). The projects are funded by Western Power and form part of an overall asset replacement program that will facilitate a major distribution network voltage conversion in the Nedlands area. The requirement is to reinforce the local network with underground cables supplied from surrounding neighbourhoods, and these two projects are the first of those to be made ready for construction.

    Western Power have appointed Cape Utilities (Underground Services Australia) to carry out the installation of HV upgrades and will be advising residents (by letter) from Monday, 14 November 2016.

    Works will commence in Hollywood at the sub-station on Monash Avenue and terminating in Rockton Road, Dalkeith. Please refer to the document library to view the works area.

    The works are projected to be completed by February 2017.

    Western Power see these works as a priority for the future of underground power and your support during these works will be appreciated.

    For further enquiries, please contact Mr Brian Burns, Project Manager, Cape Utilities, telephone 0404 842 231.

  • Council resolves investigate other options

    30 September, 2016
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    The Council at its meeting on 27 September 2016, resolved for administration to continue seeking options for the provision of underground power to the City.

    The City will be meeting with representatives from Western Power during October 2016 to explore options outside of the funding program.

  • Alderbury Street - Underground Power - Town of Claremont Proposal

    22 August, 2016
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    The City at a Special Meeting on 16 August 2016 received a report in relation to a proposal for underground power by the Town of Cambridge which includes properties on the municipal boundary of Alderbury Street, Floreat. This proposal has proceeded to the next stage which is to undertake a community survey. The community survey is the next step in determining whether the installation of underground power proceeds to the next stage.

    The Council resolved as follows:

    "Council supports Option 1 with the City contributing 2/9ths and the Town of Cambridge be requested to fund the difference/impact. Survey of residents to the same cost at $6,200 per property for both Nedlands and Cambridge residents."


    Breakdown of costs between the stakeholders based on the estimate of $12,400
    per lot for Alderbury Street residents (Nedlands side) would be:

    City of Nedlands

    22.2%

    $2,753

    Alderbury St residents (Nedlands)

    50.0%

    $6,200

    Western Power

    10.0%

    $1,240

    Town Of Cambridge

    17.8%

    $2,207

    Total

    100.0%

    $12,400


    For further information please refer to the Council minutes (Item No. 7), dated 16 August 2016 (Special Meeting) for a detailed report on the matter.

    The Department of Finance have advised the City that the survey for the State Underground Power Program will be completed on Friday, 30 September 2016.
  • City awaits advice on its application

    25 July, 2016
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    The City of Nedlands has been informed by the Department of Finance Public Utilities Office that following initial evaluation that all three proposals for underground power have not been selected to proceed to community survey at this time. The official decision on accepted projects will not be received until October 2016. As a result it is not yet certain that the City's proposals will not proceed.

    For further iniformation please refer to the Council minutes (Item No. 7), dated 16 August 2016 (Special Meeting) for a detailed report on the matter.
  • Council endorses submissions for underground power

    05 May, 2016
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    Council at its meeting on Tuesday, 26 April 2016:

    1. authorised three proposals for underground power, to the new Underground Power Funding Program (Round 6), on the basis of 2/9ths funding by the City, 4/9ths funding by the affected lot owners and 3/9ths funding by the State Government Grants Funds on the basis of 10-year repayment plans for the owners; and
    2. agrees to consider inclusion of $50,000 for the provision of underground power expertise in the 2016/17 budget.