Kensington Project Area

Map of the Kensington underground power area


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

July 2018

Underground power visual inspections

News Update 16 July 2018

As part of the preliminary design works, consultants will be in the areas of Collier and Manning from Monday 16 July.

Underground Power
February 2017

Three underground power projects for the City of South Perth

Media Release 20 February 2017

Three nominated areas within the City of South Perth will have their overhead powerlines placed underground.

Underground Power
September 2014

State Underground Power Program

Media Response 2 September 2014

Media enquiry regarding underground power in the City of South Perth.

Underground Power
August 2012

State Underground Power Project

Media Response 16 August 2012

Media enquiry regarding areas of South Perth that currently have or are in the process of having Underground Power installed, and those areas that are not.

Underground Power