Hon Bill Johnston MLA

Hon Bill Johnston MLA

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

    More reliable and safe power for remote Aboriginal communities

    21/04/2022 11:30 AM
     
    • $3.8 million electrical network infrastructure upgrade in 13 Aboriginal communities
    • Regional and Aboriginal contractors benefiting with 26 jobs created with the project
    • LED street lights installed in every community to improve community safety 

    Horizon Power has upgraded and standardised the electricity supply and electrical infrastructure for 13 regional Aboriginal communities.

     

    The $3.8 million Aboriginal Community Embedded Networks project is part of the McGowan Government's WA Recovery Plan and ensures every Western Australian has access to a safe, modern and reliable power network.

     

    Works were completed in Bell Springs and Munthamar in the Kimberley region in March 2022.

     

    Horizon Power will be responsible for the ongoing supply of electricity and maintenance of the electrical infrastructure. This means customers in these communities will now be able to call its contact centre in Broome for any network supply issues.

     

    As part of the upgrade works, Horizon Power has installed 53 kilowatt LED streetlights in each community.

     

    These lights will significantly improve night-time visibility, making the communities safer for road users and pedestrians.

     

    Horizon Power engaged regional contractors and Aboriginal-owned businesses to deliver this project with 26 jobs associated with the project, including two roles to Aboriginal people.

     

    Comments attributed to Energy Minister Bill Johnston:

     

    "The McGowan Government is committed to improving power for Western Australians living in Aboriginal communities.

     

    "The Aboriginal Community Embedded Networks project ensures that those living in regional communities receive the same utility-grade standard service as everyone else in the State. 

     

    "This is just one of many projects being delivered as part of the WA Recovery Plan, which aims to create jobs, invest in our regions and help build a cleaner energy future."

     

    Minister's office - 6552 6700 

     

    List of embedded network communities:

     

    Kimberley

    1. Mud Springs

    2. Joy Springs

    3. Gillarong

    4. Karnparmi

    5. Loanbun

    6. Emu Creek

    7. Mardiwah Loop

    8. Bell Springs

    9. Munthamar

    10. Koongie Park

     

    Gascoyne/Midwest

    11. Woodgamia

    12. Buttah Windee

     

    Goldfields/Esperance

    13. Menzies