Hon Bill Johnston MLA

Hon Bill Johnston MLA

Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Energy; Corrective Services; Industrial Relations

    A fairer way to pay for power in Aboriginal communities

    18/04/2019 8:30 AM
    • Paying for power made easier for 11 Aboriginal communities across regional WA
    • New app allows residents with smart phones to pay for their power at home 

    Horizon Power has installed 83 advanced prepayment meters in 11 Aboriginal communities in the Kimberley, Mid-West and Goldfields regions.


    To complement this installation, Horizon Power has developed an app that allows residents to purchase power from the comfort of their home, although they can still buy power from their local store or post office. 


    Prior to the prepayment meters, residents would have to contribute to pay one community bill regardless of how much power each house used.


    Over time this led to more than $1.2 million of debt accumulating across eight of the communities and was inequitable for residents.


    Now residents will enjoy improved affordability and pay only for what their household uses. 


    This initiative builds on last year's deployment of prepayment meters in the Kimberley communities of Emu Creek, Munthanmar, Bell Springs, Mud Springs and Loanbun.


    Comments attributed to Energy Minister Bill Johnston:


    "I'm pleased the installation of the advanced prepayment meters gives the 11 Aboriginal communities a better and fairer way to pay for their power.


    "Tenants living in group accommodation and having to split the one bill is now a thing of the past.


    "Each electrical network in the communities has had a network inspection, and the new meters will allow for improved safety for the residents moving forward."


    Minister's office - 6552 6700