Manning Project Area

Manning Zone Map
Manning project Start Date  Estimated Completion
Zone 1July/August 2021End of 2021
Zone 2July/August 2021Early 2022
Zone 3End of 2021Mid 2022
Project Completion Mid 2022

In January 2017, it was announced that funding had been secured for an additional three State Underground Power Projects (SUPP) in the City of South Perth - Manning, Collier and South Perth. 

The Manning area is bounded by Manning Road, Kwinana Freeway, Hope Avenue and Challenger Avenue.

Following preliminary and detailed design for the area undertaken in late 2019, project works have commenced for the installation of new underground cabling, primary equipment and new LED street lights.

What you can expect 

Western Power's project contractor for the area, Genus (formerly Diamond Underground Services) will issue letters of advice to each property at the various stages of the project as outlined below. Timing and further details of each stage will be updated here as and when the information becomes available. Residents will also receive advice notices from Genus throughout the construction activities.

Stage 1 from June/July 2021 - Property Services Installation

Installation of the new underground service cable from the front boundary of the property to the house. Genus will be accessing properties in the area over the next few weeks.

Residents do not need to be home for this work. Should Genus need access inside a house, or to the rear of your property, or if your meter box is locked, they will contact you to arrange access.

This work is just for cable installation. The cable will remain unconnected at both ends until the power is changed over from the existing overhead wires to the underground service.

Western Power and Genus will endeavour to minimise the impact of this work by using underground drilling when on your property.

Genus is responsible for all reinstatement works. Please note that the contractor will not accept responsibility or provide reimbursement for other repairs or re‐instatement carried out by a third party.

Stage 2 - Street Services Installation

Power cables will be installed under the verge in each street using directional drilling to minimise impact. A number of holes are necessary for the drilling process, cable jointing and the connection of Pillars to the system. Most street services work, including verge reinstatements, should be completed within 21 days, however work may take longer near equipment cabinets or on street corners.

Occupiers will be advised of any restrictions to access to their properties or any necessary street closures. A Street Services Installation Advice will be delivered to the property a few days before this work commences.

Stage 3 - Changeover 

Once the Property and Street Services installations in your Zone have been completed, changeover from the existing overhead to the new underground system will take place. Occupiers will be notified a few days beforehand detailing the process.

Stage 4 – Removal of Poles and Wires

This will take place after all properties served by an overhead circuit have been changed over. Some poles and wires may need to remain longer if they are supplying other streets that are yet to be changed over.

Work in the Manning project area is expected to take approximately 12-15 months.

Project cost

A survey of property owners was undertaken by Energy Policy WA, formerly known as the Public Utilities Office in August 2016. The survey provided the opportunity to vote yes or no for SUPP and also gave an indicative cost to each property owner.

Survey results from the Manning area indicated solid support for underground power and it was subsequently nominated as one of three City of South Perth Round Six projects.

The funding contribution that property owners would be asked to pay based on preliminary estimates at that time was an average of $5,850 for a typical single residential property. The amount would generally be less for units in multi-unit developments. Costs for commercial properties would generally be greater than for a single residential property.

At the September 2020 Council Meeting, elected members accepted a $2.2 million COVID-19 financial relief package from Western Power for the Collier and Manning projects. The package enables the City to ensure that the average cost to owners will be the same as was estimated in the August 2016 survey, despite an increase in actual project costs identified following completion of detailed design and tender.

Property owners in the Manning and Collier State Underground Power project areas were sent an information brochure with their 2021 rate notice providing answers to some frequently asked questions as well as an explanation of how the underground power charge has been determined.

Underground power will be billed in five annual instalments with the first instalment amount identified on the 2021/22 rate notice.

State Underground Power Program FAQs for Manning property owners

Related documents

Who to contact

For any project repairs or reinstatements enquiries please contact Genus on 1300 064 710 or email

For other project enquiries please visit the Western Power website or call them on 13 10 87.

News Listings

June 2023

An update on underground power

News Update 1 June 2023

Underground power delivers a host of benefits such as improved reliability and supply enhanced streetscapes and visual amenity.

Underground Power
September 2022

Underground power to the people in Manning

News Update 30 September 2022

The Manning Underground Power Project is officially complete, with removal of the last power pole at the corner of Marsh Avenue and Henning Crescent.

Underground Power
May 2022

Underground Power - Community Information Session, Wednesday 25 May 2022

News Update 23 May 2022

Property owners in the South Perth and Hurlingham area will be able to find out more about the City's next underground power project at a Community Information Session on Wednesday 25 May 2022.

Underground Power
March 2022

Underground Power update

News Update 4 March 2022

Underground power is one step closer in the South Perth and Hurlingham project areas.

Underground Power
December 2021

State Underground Power works over Christmas

News Update 21 December 2021

The Western Power State Underground Power Project (SUPP) contractor Genus will stop work on site for the Christmas break from Tuesday 21 December 2021 until Wednesday 5 January 2022.

Underground Power
November 2021

Collier and Manning State Underground Power progress

News Update 23 November 2021

The State Underground Power project in the Manning and Collier areas is progressing well with completion on schedule for mid 2022.

Underground Power
July 2021

2021 Rate Notices and Recycling Centre vouchers coming soon

News Update 28 July 2021

2021/22 rates notices will be posted next week. Recycling Centre vouchers will be enclosed in the envelope along with important information about the budget and underground power for property owners in Manning and Collier.

Underground Power
June 2021

Collier and Manning State Underground Power Project update

News Update 29 June 2021

The 2021 rate notice for property owners in the Collier and Manning project areas will include the underground power connection fee and a network charge.

Underground Power
May 2021

Underground Power - Collier update

News Update 21 May 2021

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

Underground Power
March 2021

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.

Underground Power
January 2021

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.

Underground Power
September 2020

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.

Underground Power
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
December 2011

Salter Point Underground Power Project

Media Release 2 December 2011

The City along with Western Power and the Office of Energy today signed an agreement for the commencement of the State Underground Power Project for Round 5 in Salter Point.

Underground Power
June 2011

Underground Power

Media Response 15 June 2011

Media enquiry regarding underground power and the removal of overhead powerlines.

Underground Power
December 2010

Underground Power for Salter Point

Media Response 23 December 2010

Media enquiry regarding Salter Point will be receiving underground power as part of Round Five of the State Underground Power Program.

Underground Power
September 2009

Underground Power Project Completion - Como

Media Release 2 September 2009

The City together with Western Power this morning announced the completion of the Underground Power Project (UPP) in east Como.

Underground Power

Project Cost FAQs

When will I have to pay for Underground Power How much will my underground power charge be? What is Gross Rental Value? Can I pay in instalments What pensioner and senior rebates are available? What if I can’t afford to pay the underground power invoice when I receive it? What happens to any outstanding monies owed on my property if I sell? Does the cost include the connection to my meter box? What if I already have underground power to my property? Why do I have to pay for underground power? What is the interest charge on overdue accounts? What if I have already paid for underground power for another property?