Kensington Project Area

Map of the Kensington underground power area

Background

The State Underground Power Program (SUPP) replaces overhead power lines with underground power infrastructure. The Program is a partnership between the State Government, Western Power and local government and is administered by Energy Policy WA. 

Western Power is currently finalising the detailed design for the installation of underground power in the Kensington and surrounding area indicated above. Following this, a report will be presented to Council to endorse the project and subsequent charges.

Benefits of underground power

Underground power delivers a host of benefits such as improved reliability and supply enhanced streetscapes and visual amenity; reduced street tree maintenance costs for local governments and LED streetlighting.

LED streetlighting benefits include:

  • 30 per cent less energy use than standard streetlights
  • Reach full brightness instantly
  • Contain no mercury or lead, which is better for the environment
  • Emit no UV rays or infrared radiation
  • Operate at a much cooler temperature, making LED lights a safer option
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions and landfill.

Keeping you informed

The City will provide further updates on this page as the project progresses and residents will soon be invited to an information session with the project team that will cover what you can expect as the works proceed and answer any questions or concerns you may have.

News Listings

May 2021
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Underground Power - Collier update

News Update 21 May 2021

Underground power work is underway in the project area known as Collier.

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March 2021
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Underground power one step closer

Media Release 22 March 2021

The State Underground Power Program (SUPP) construction works have started in Collier, the project area bounded by Canning Highway, Ryrie Avenue, Blamey Place and South Terrace.

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January 2021
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Underground Power update

News Update 19 January 2021

Work has commenced to switch from overhead power lines to an underground power supply in Collier, with works in the Manning project area to follow soon.

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September 2020
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City secures additional funding for underground power projects

News Update 23 September 2020

Council have accepted a $2.2 million COVID-19 financial relief package from Western Power to progress underground power projects in Manning and Collier which will substantially reduce the project costs.

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