Site clean-up and infrastructure relocation works

In January 2022, site clean-up and infrastructure relocation works commenced at the East Perth Power Station site, a decommissioned coal fire power plant, to allow for future development to occur. These works involve:

  • relocating existing gas and electricity infrastructure
  • clean-up of the Power Station and surrounding buildings and structures.
Three works packages will be undertaken concurrently on the site by three agencies – DevelopmentWA, Western Power and ATCO. It is anticipated that the total works program will be completed by late 2024.

The works are being undertaken under strict approvals, guidelines and approved construction management plans. Some temporary impacts may be experienced in the area such as restricted traffic access, loss of carparking, pedestrian and cycle path detours, and potential noise and dust. Mitigation measures will be in place to minimise any inconvenience while still allowing the works to progress. Further information will be provided to nearby residents and the community as it becomes available throughout 2022.

As part of the works to reinstate the East Perth Power Station for future development, the powerlines along the foreshore will be undergrounded and gas network infrastructure will be relocated.

During these works, the following access changes will be in place to ensure safety of the community:

  • some footpaths between Graham Farmer Freeway and the Power Station will be temporarily disrupted. This includes the lower and upper ramps and the footpath on the northern side of the bridge travelling to/from Belmont Park. The footpaths along the foreshore (north to south), and the southern side of the bridge to/from Optus Stadium, will remain open at all times.
  • Summers Street temporarily closed to cars between Joel Terrace and the foreshore. This includes the temporary closure of Banks Reserve car park
  • restrictions to parking along the southern (site) side of Summers Street.
The closures will be staged, with the first closure of Summers Street (road and parking) commencing early-mid April 2022. The temporary changes are anticipated to be in place for around 4-6 months, weather permitting. Further details on timing will be provided as the works progress.

Sections of the footpath will be reopened as works are completed and it is safe to do so.

Pedestrians and cyclists are encouraged to plan ahead, follow the signs and seek an alternative route.

We are committed to working with the contractors to minimise any impacts and apologise for any inconvenience caused during these works.

Learn more about each work package

A summary of each work package is presented below. For further details, view the project FAQs and fact sheet in the Document Library on the right hand panel.

In January 2022, DevelopmentWA will begin a comprehensive clean-up of the interior of the Power Station buildings and surrounding buildings including the office, pump house and coal handling structures. This will prepare the site for future development.

The clean-up work is anticipated to commence in mid-late January 2022, and be completed by mid-2023.

Given the age of the buildings, the clean-up work will involve the removal of asbestos and other contaminated material. To ensure this work is undertaken safely, we have engaged qualified contractors with experience in the safe extraction, handling, removal and transportation of these types of materials.

This experienced team of professionals will ensure the protection of the heritage listed building and the work will be undertaken in a negative pressure enclosure to ensure the safety of the community.

A number of tents will be installed on the Power Station grounds to support the safe removal of the materials.

All vehicles will enter and exit the site via the existing Power Station main entrance off Summers Street.

We expect there will be an increase in local traffic during the works, and there will be temporary disruptions to car parking off Summers Street. Traffic management will be in place to help minimise any disruptions to the local community.

In mid 2022, Western Power will commence work to place existing overhead powerlines, which run along the Swan River, underground.

A total of five power poles will be removed – three in the 132kv switchyard north of Summers Street and two between the Power Station building and the Swan River. Three new poles will be installed to the south of the Power Station near the Graham Farmer Freeway. The current overhead lines, which cross the Freeway, will be relocated and attached to the new poles.

These works are anticipated to completed by late 2022/early 2023.

Western Power will also be decommissioning and removing the equipment from the electrical substation located on the southern side of Summers Street, within the redevelopment site. This work is expected to commence in 2023 and be completed by late 2024. The electrical substation located on the northern side of Summers Street will remain.

To enable this work, there will be some temporary detours of the pedestrian/cycle path along the foreshore and the Graham Farmer Freeway.

Advance notice will be provided for path users and detour routes will be in place in early 2022 prior to any changes. All path detours will remain accessible for the community.

The Banks Reserve Car Park located on the foreshore will also be temporarily closed.

Western Power will seek to minimise disruptions where possible with approved work hours scheduled from 7am- 5pm, Monday to Saturday. Should after hours work be required, we will notify you in advance.

To enable the installation of underground powerlines along the river foreshore, there will need to be some vegetation removed. Care will be taken with mature trees to ensure clearing is minimised as much as possible.

Western Power have advised that they do not currently expect the works to require any local power outages.

There will also be changes to the existing gas network as part of the site works.

In early April 2022, ATCO commenced work to relocate its Gas Pressure Reduction Station (PRS) from the Power Station site to a new temporary location next to the Banks Reserve carpark.

A gas pipeline will also be installed along Summers Street, between Joel Terrace and the foreshore, to connect the gas network to the new PRS. The existing PRS on the Power Station site will be de-commissioned as part of the works.

The temporary PRS is required to maintain a safe, reliable and affordable gas network while a permanent PRS is constructed in Bayswater. We expect the temporary facility to be in place for the up to three years, before the permanent PRS is commissioned in Bayswater.

The ATCO work is likely to be completed by late 2022.

The PRS is anticipated to remain at the new location for up to 36 months, before a permanent pressure reduction facility is commissioned in Bayswater.

As with the power and clean-up works, we will ensure traffic management and detours are in place for traffic and pedestrians on Summers Street between Joel Terrace and the foreshore.

ATCO will also seek to minimise disruptions where possible with work hours scheduled from 7am to 7pm Monday- Friday (and some Saturdays). Should work need to take place after hours, we’ll let the community know.

Community and stakeholder engagement

The project team appreciate the works may have some impacts on nearby residents, businesses and the local community. DevelopmentWA, Western Power and ATCO will work in collaboration with their contractors to implement all reasonable mitigation measures to minimise these impacts.

Further information, including regular project updates, will be provided to key stakeholders and the surrounding community as the works progress.

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