More Underground Power for Melville

State Government have announced Round six of the State Underground Power Program, which will include three projects for the City of Melville including Kardinya South, Alfred Cove East and Melville North.

At a press conference on Friday, 27 January 2017, Treasurer and Minister for Energy Mike Nahan announced the next round of the Underground Power Program would include 17 projects, three of which are located in the City of Melville, given the poor state of the power grid in those areas.

City of Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey welcomed the project announcement and highlighted the City’s ongoing support for underground power for the many the benefits it gives residents.

“The City of Melville has been a strong advocate of underground power since the inception of the program and these new projects support our ongoing goal to have underground power for the whole of the City,” said Mayor Aubrey.

“Surveys conducted by the State Government across a number of our suburbs also show strong support for underground power from property owners in those areas.

“For our residents in suburbs already enjoying underground power, they benefit from improved streetscapes, better street lighting, a safer roadside environment and a more reliable power supply,” he said.

“An added bonus is also an increase in property value as a result of the streetscape and supply improvements. We are delighted that more of our residents can now look forward to their power cables going underground and the wooden power poles disappearing forever from the landscape.”

The inclusion of Kardinya South, Alfred Cove East and Melville North in the program complements those already completed in the City with both Melville South and Bicton North currently underway and due for completion by February 2017 and August 2017 consecutively.

Works for the Round six Projects will start in 2017, and are expected to be completed by the end of 2021.

Projects are funded 25% by the State Government, 25% by Western Power and 50% up front by City of Melville, which is then recovered from individual householders.

For further information visit www.melvillecity.com.au/undergroundpower  or call 1300 635 845.