Energy Minister Mike Nahan attended a ceremony to remove the final pole and said the transition of Ardross West to underground power meant the removal of 254 wooden poles and the addition of 153 new street lights.
‘This is the City of Melville’s sixth completed underground power project with this one connecting 684 customers at a cost of $6.4million,’ he said.
‘With 55 per cent of Perth power now underground, the community, State Government, Western Power and local governments continue to show support and appreciation for the program.’
Melville South and Ardross East will get underground power between late 2014 and early 2015.
Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey welcomed the news saying the city was a strong advocate of underground power since the program began and the announcement supported a push to have underground power for all of the city.
‘We are delighted more residents will benefit from the cables going underground, with improved streetscapes and street lighting, safer roadsides and a more reliable power supply,’ he said.
The project boundaries are broadly defined for Ardross East as Riseley Street, Canning Highway, Ardross Street/Henley Street and Coomoora Road, and for Melville South as Leach Highway, Stock Road, Marmion Street and Rome Road.
Western Power has begun design work for the projects and residents can expect to get a newsletter in coming weeks regarding the works and likely start dates.
For further information visit www.melvillecity.com.au/undergroundpower or call 1300 635 845.