Wanneroo residents frustrated with Western Power over delays replacing power poles

Replacement poles have been lying on Wanneroo verges for more than two months.
Replacement poles have been lying on Wanneroo verges for more than two months.

DELAYS to replacing power poles have frustrated Wanneroo residents, who say they have had poles lying on their verges for several weeks.

Shaun Hayes said Western Power had placed a pole on his Ariti Avenue verge more than two months ago, as well as others in the street.

Mr Hayes said they received a letter at the time that the poles would be installed, but installation did not occur on that date and they hadn’t been able to get information about a new date.

“It’s going to be a big dead patch where that pole has been sitting,” he said, adding it meant they could not mow their lawns properly.

A Western Power spokesman said works were originally scheduled for March 7, and the poles were delivered to the area on February 20.

“Severe storm events in the Midwest region just prior to the planned works meant the planned works were cancelled and crews re-allocated to support emergency restoration efforts in and around the Northampton townsite,” he said.

“Customers had been advised of the planned works and were subsequently notified of the cancellation.

“We understand cancelling of any planned works is frustrating for customers and we apologise for any inconvenience it may cause but emergency response to hazards created by storm events will always be prioritised.”

The utility’s spokesman said planned activities had to be rescheduled and planning was underway to replace the Wanneroo poles in mid-May.

“Once confirmed, appropriate notifications will be sent to customers,” he said.

The utility planned to replace 450 poles in the Wanneroo electorate in 2017-18, with 249 of those already done.

For more information about pole replacements, call 131 355, or to report an emergency or hazard on the power network, call the 24-hour emergency response line on 131 351.

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