Old power poles out

A record number of wooden power poles are being replaced in the Shire of Chittering.
A record number of wooden power poles are being replaced in the Shire of Chittering.

The utility has already replaced 365 poles, with a further 268 poles to be replaced over the coming weeks.

The program is part of the largest single network upgrade in the area since it was constructed and aims to improve safety and reliability of the power network.

Western Power CEO Paul Italiano said 120 crew members were involved in the project, which came about in response to community concerns about a higher than average number of power outages.

‘We would like to thank the Chittering community for its ongoing understanding and patience during this large scale operation,’ Mr Italiano said.

Shire President Alex Douglas welcomed the program.

‘I have seen dozens of vehicles all operating in the area at once over the past month,’ he said.

‘We have been decreed as a bushfire prone area so anything that will lessen the risks is a vast improvement and the old infrastructure being replaced will help considerably.’

Mr Italiano said 91 wood poles were replaced in a single day on Tuesday, September 6, and the program was a $600,000 investment into the Chittering community.

‘We were overwhelmed by the community support for this project. From home owners to small businesses and the local council ” Western Power has been greeted with open arms,’ he said.

Mr Douglas said the community looked forward to less power outages.