Energy Minister Francis Logan has launched a series of workshops aimed at improving the relationship between Western Power and rural landowners.
The first ‘Working Together’ workshop will take place in Mt Barker today, with another 14 workshops being held in various country towns between Albany and Geraldton throughout August.
Mr Logan said information gathered at the workshops would be used to develop a new policy to address the important areas of customer service and access, biosecurity, reimbursement for damage or loss of production and improved Western Power services.
“Western Power is very conscious of the fact that its infrastructure affects thousands of landowners throughout rural areas,” he said.
“It also recognises that this infrastructure can impact on the operations of these landowners.
“I am confident that the new policy that emerges from the workshops will improve the way Western Power interacts with landowners.
“I also hope it will outline how landowners can assist Western Power to meet its obligations to ensure that safe and adequate power supplies are maintained.”
Western Power managing director Doug Aberle said there were several key areas that would be discussed at the workshops and would form part of the new policy.
Mr Aberle said this could include the implementation of a ‘code of conduct’ to help define the responsibilities of Western Power staff and contractors while on rural properties.
“I expect the workshops will also look at ways to minimise the spread of weeds, pests and diseases through the development of biosecurity protocols,” he said.
“I expect recommendations on how Western Power can improve the way it deals with claims for damage and production loss.”
The other workshops will take place in Borden (August 6), Katanning (August 6), Narrogin (August 7), Kondinin (August 7), Collie (August 11), Bridgetown (August 12), Margaret River (August 13), Boyanup(August 14), Northam (August 18), Merredin (August 18), Wyalkatchem (August 19), Moora (August 19), Three Springs (August 20) and Geraldton (August 20).
Interested parties can register for the workshops by phoning the project team on 1800 617 771 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
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