Following the judgement given in July 2021 by the Supreme Court of Western Australia, relating to the Parkerville fire, Western Power will be inspecting private power poles that are directly connected to its network. Court processes are ongoing, which may further define responsibilities for these inspections. Landowners with poles will still have their own obligations to inspect, maintain and replace these poles, as well as any other private power poles on their property that are not directly connected to Western Power’s network.”
Western Power inspections are scheduled to begin on 18 October 2021
Western Power will only inspect the first pole that is connected to our network, to ensure the supply of electricity from our network remains safe.
Once inspections commence Electrical Contractors may see an increase in demand for work on private power poles.
Poles may be deemed unsafe at the time of inspection and require immediate disconnection for safety reasons. This work will be carried out under the current faults process.
Alternately, if a pole is deemed to be needing replacement customers will be issued with either a 30 or 90 day notice to replace it dependent on the condition of the pole.
Customers have been advised to contact a licenced electrical contractor to replace the pole compliant to Australian Standards.
More information about private power poles can be found on the Department of Mines, Industry, Regulation and Safety website here.
If you have any questions please contact Western Power on 13 10 87 or use the contact us form.