North Bicton homes to get underground power

ABOUT 780 homes in Bicton’s north will soon have their power delivered underground, thanks to a State Government initiative.

As part of the State Underground Power Program, the $8.5 million project will involve the removal of overhead power lines which will be replaced with 8.85km of underground cabling.

Energy Minister Mike Nahan said the program improved both safety and aesthetics.

“The State Underground Power Program continues to make a real difference for WA communities, and I commend the City of Melville for its enthusiastic involvement in the program,” Dr Nahan said.

“Underground power improves the reliability and safety of electricity supplies and enhances the streetscape of local communities.

“Households and local governments also save on the cost of tree trimming which is necessary at this time of the year to prevent branches damaging powerlines, causing hazards and interruptions during storms.”

Dr Nahan said the works were expected to be completed in September 2017.