Floreat in pole position as underground power project ramps up

Removal of one of the last power poles in the Town of Cambridge.
Removal of one of the last power poles in the Town of Cambridge.

ONE of the last remaining power poles in the Town of Cambridge has been removed as electricity supply moves underground.

The removal of the overhead power line pole at the corner of Birkdale Street and Orrel Avenue in Floreat on Tuesday represented completion of the Floreat East State Underground Power Project.

The project has seen removal of 575 poles and installation of 263 street lights, 18 ground-mounted transformers and switchgear units, and 535 property connections.

Two thirds of properties in the Town already have underground power, with Wembley converted in 1999, most of West Leederville in 2002 and City Beach in 2006.

The final phase of conversion for Floreat and some remaining areas in Wembley and West Leederville started last year and has cost $42.8 million.

The last power pole in Floreat, part of the Floreat North zone, will be removed and marked with a ceremony at Hamish’s Park on September 3.

Workers removing the power pole at the corner of Birkdale Street and Orrel Avenue.

Cambridge mayor Keri Shannon said the four-zone project would improve safety and reliability of power, and enhance streetscapes and tree canopy.

“Once these four projects are finished, the Town of Cambridge can proudly say that 100 per cent of the Town is supplied by underground power which will be a tremendous achievement for our residents,” she said.

It is expected to be finished early next year and will encompass 101km of cable and 1155 street lights installed.

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