Western Power’s $4.6 million upgrade to network infrastructure in the Perenjori townsite has reached a key project milestone, with around 70 per cent of works completed.
Having started the project in July, works are progressing well with the upgrades to the town’s overhead powerlines and poles, and the installation of new LED streetlights throughout the town nearing completion.
In addition, the underground cable installation has begun on Fowler Street and work to extend the microgrid to the Perenjori Roadhouse is planned for completion by the end of August.
The wooden poles replaced as part of the project were recently gifted by Western Power to the Shire of Perenjori and will be used as bollards and landscaping within the town.
Western Power also acknowledges its contractors, WA based company, Powerlines Plus, for their work in the upgrade and for supporting local community organisations Carnamah Perenjori Junior Football Club, Perenjori Junior Cricket Club and the Perenjori PCYC, who each received $1500 donations.
Executive Manager of Asset Operations, Zane Christmas, said the upgrade will improve and modernise the town’s electricity network.
“The undergrounding of poles and wire, and installation of new decorative streetlight poles not only revitalises the visual appeal of the town’s main street it also reduces power use from lighting and provides additional safety against weather events,” Mr Christmas said.
“We’re also extending the microgrid to the Perenjori Roadhouse to provide assurance to the community that they’ll continue to have access to essential services in the event of an outage.
“We’re confident the Perenjori community will be pleased with the improvement of power quality and reliability within the townsite as a result of these upgrades.”
The project is delivered and funded by Western Power with a contribution from the Shire of Perenjori for customer service connections to the underground. Works are expected to be complete in early 2023.