Underground Power

The Underground Power Program (UPP) is a continuation of a former State Government initiative to implement underground power through the State Underground Power Program (SUPP) and customer funded Retrospective Underground Projects (RUP).

Local governments can nominate areas to be converted to underground power. Each nomination is assessed against social, economic and technical criteria by the SUPP Steering Committee.

The program involves placing the majority of overhead power lines in established areas underground. Since the commencement of the program, 55 major residential projects throughout WA have been completed and over 86,000 homes state-wide have received underground power.

City of South Perth UPP

The City has been advised that it has three approved projects and will commence consultation and communication shortly.

The funding arrangement requires local government to contribute a minimum of 80% of the project cost. 

All areas share the same priority and are consistent with the City’s overall vision of having overhead power lines placed underground throughout the entire area. Construction will progress in the following order:

  • Collier – all of the area bounded by Canning Highway, Ryrie Avenue, Blamey Place and South Terrace
  • Manning – all of the area bounded by Manning Road, Kwinana Freeway, Hope Avenue and Challenger Avenue
  • South Perth – all of the area bounded by Douglas Avenue, Canning Highway, Hovia Terrace and Mill Point Road. The City is still in discussion with UPP and is optimistic that the area known as Hurlingham will also be included with the South Perth area. 

In some instances, the defined project areas do not include the boundary streets.

What's next?

The City has nominated the local government contribution to Round Six as 80%. The average cost to the property owner (depending on area) is yet to be determined. Discounts will be available for pensioners and registered seniors and to owners of properties adjacent to transmission lines or where the full amenity benefit is not achieved because power infrastructure (excluding street lights) is still located on the verge.

It is anticipated that the City will commence the first of the projects in April to June 2019 with the two remaining projects following 12-15 months later. Each project area is expected to take around twelve months to complete, with the City proposing to undertake the works over 2019/20, 2020/21 and 2021/22.

For more information about the State Underground Power Program, visit the Western Power website