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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 583 asked in the Legislative Council on 15 August 2018 by Hon Tim Clifford

Minister responding: Hon B.S. Wyatt
Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Answered on

      583. Hon TIM CLIFFORD to the minister representing the Minister for Energy:
I have been informed that as at 5 June, the streetlights on Redgum Drive, Bramble Way and Parkview Drive in Ballajura have been not working for months.
(1) Have these streetlights now been restored?
(2) If yes to (1), since receiving a complaint, how long was it before the fault was corrected?
(3) If no to (1), when will the fault be corrected?
      (4) What caused the fault in these streetlights and who was responsible for the damage?
      (5) Across the Perth metropolitan area, how many streetlights are currently not in working order and what is the average repair time for these streetlights?
I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.
      (1)–(3) Western Power first received reports of outages in these areas in March. Western Power attended the site within its standard five-day period, determined the matter was not a simple bulb replacement, and included the fault into its works program. Works on Redgum Drive, Bramble Way and Parkview Drive in Ballajura are due to be completed this Friday, 17 August. The work was scheduled to be completed last week. However, it was delayed by heavy rain and the planned outage required to finalise the work needed to be rescheduled.
      (4) The cause of the outage is a complex cable fault. To rectify the fault, a complete infrastructure redesign and replacement was required to prevent a similar outage in the future.
      (5) Western Power uses a combination of community reporting and maintenance-initiated auditing to manage more than 250 000 streetlights in the Western Power network. Currently, there are 1 054 open streetlight fault orders across the Perth metropolitan area. Western Power responds to community reports of faults within five business days and repairs, which are often basic lightbulb or light head replacements, are completed on the day of inspection.