Power poles are now a thing of the past in Menora after Western Power removed the last remaining pole in the suburb earlier today.
Menora is the latest suburb in the City of Stirling to switch to underground power through the State Underground Power Program (SUPP).
A partnership between the State Government, Western Power and local governments, the SUPP has delivered 88 projects across dozens of suburbs in the metropolitan area since it was introduced in 1996.
Part of Round 6 of the SUPP, the recent works in Menora resulted in 350 power poles being removed, new connections to 634 properties and the installation of 264 new street lights.
Mayor Mark Irwin was on hand for the historic moment when Western Power removed the final power pole at the corner of Clyde Street and Elstree Avenue.
“Moving to underground power provides lots of benefits to property owners and the community such as enhancing the look of streetscapes and improving the reliability of electricity supply to residents,” he said.
As well as benefits to local residents, the program also works to reduce street tree maintenance costs for local governments, improve community safety with new street lighting and reduce maintenance costs for Western Power.
“I’d like to extend a big thank-you to everyone who made the project happen,” Mayor Irwin said. “Just looking around Menora, it now has a bit of added charm without overhead powerlines.”
Works to roll out underground power to Trigg - which also forms part of Round 6 of SUPP - are set to start soon.
Other suburbs within the City of Stirling that have shifted to underground power in previous rounds of the SUPP program include Woodlands, Mount Lawley, Churchlands and Coolbinia.
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