Three project areas included in Round Six

In August 2016 the SUPP Committee advised the Town that three of the precincts submitted by the Town had been selected to be surveyed in order to determine the level of community support for inclusion in the project.  The precincts selected by the SUPP Committee to be surveyed were allocated the project area names of Victoria Park West, Victoria Park East and Carlisle North.  Plans of the precincts are below.

In order to avoid accusations that the survey could be biased, the survey letters sent to all property owners were identically worded for all local governments and the survey was carried out by an independently accredited survey company.

Prior to SUPP sending the survey letters, the Town sent letters to all owners of properties within the project areas, advising them that they would be receiving a survey letter and encouraging them to read the information contained in the survey letter and to complete and return the survey. 

Following analysis of the survey responses and input from Western Power in respect to identifying those areas of the metropolitan area which have the lowest reliability of power supply, the then Minister for Energy announced in late January 2017 that 17 project areas had been selected to progress to the next stage of Round Six.  Three of the selected project areas are within the Town, being the three project areas mentioned above - Victoria Park West, Victoria Park East and Carlisle North.  This means that detailed design work will commence on the three projects.

On completion of design, a detailed cost estimate of each project will be provided by the Office of Public Utilities (a branch of the Department of Finance, managing the SUPP for the State Government) and Council will be requested to formally approve execution of a contract with Western Power for the project works.  When the detailed cost estimate of each project is known, Council will also be requested to determine the scale of the underground power service charge to be levied on each property within the project areas.

It is anticipated that the underground power service charges will be close to the amounts detailed in the survey letters sent out to property owners last year.  Until the estimated project costs are known in more detail, and Council has had opportunity to consider the project costs and determine the amount of the service charges to be levied, it is not possible to provide detailed service charges for each property.

Western Power is currently obtaining quotes from qualified contractors for the carrying out of the project works and has provided the following detail regarding anticipated commencement of works: 

Project area

Design completed

Construction commences

Victoria Park East
Map(JPG, 180KB)

March 2019

Quarter 4, 2019

Victoria Park West
Map(JPG, 161KB)

March 2019

Quarter 4, 2019

Carlisle North
Map(JPG, 263KB)

July 2018

Quarter 4, 2019

 

The first project payment due is the anticipated date that the Town will be required to make the first cash call, or payment, to Western Power under the terms of the contract to be executed.  All the dates mentioned in the table are subject to change, with the higher probability being that time frames would be extended rather than reduced.  The estimated time for the construction phase of each project area is approximately 18 months.

Given the design commencement dates shown above, it is anticipated that detailed cost estimates for each project will not be available until mid-2019, and that a report to Council in respect to determining the scale of the underground power service charge to be levied on each property within the project areas will be made soon thereafter.