In The Press

Echo (21/2/09) After it all they get a gantry

I wouldn't want Echo readers to miss out on Western Power's latest blunder in the Eastern Terminal Substation debacle. In the Echo January 3, Western Power published an advert on page 14 advising their final decision on the Hackett's Gully bodge.


Hills Gazette (14/2/09) Power gantry poses fire risk

We are all angered by arsonists in the east, and with good reason. We should also be angry with Western Power's decision to locate its gantry in the extreme bush fire risk area of Hacketts Gully. Should a fire occur in that area, either through its construction or its operation, then the densely populated area of Kalamunda Hills will no doubt face the same fate.


Echo (10/1/09) No other option for terminal

Western Power has met with a community focus group to discuss phase one of the Powering Perth"s communities project.


Hills Gazette (6/12/08) Power consult plan sparks protests

Action groups have described Western Power's latest attempt at community consultation over the Powering Perth's Communities project as a sham and a farce. Gary Warden, spokesman for the Hills Climate Action Group, and Alan Lonsdale, spokesperson for the SETS group, have come out in protest over the focus group meeting held last Saturday in Kalamunda.


Echo (Nov 08) - Focus Group discusses Terminal Project

Western Power has met with a community focus group to discuss phase one of the Powering Perth"s communities project.


Hills Gazette (25/10/08) - Project unplugs Shire Ire

Kalamunda Shire Council moved an urgent motion at its meeting on Monday over the latest development in Western Power's controversial Powering Perth's Communities project.


Echo (25/10/08) - Eastern Terminal Project renamed

Western Power have announced a new name for the former Eastern Terminal project, saying the change was needed to reflect a new approach.


Hills Gazette (06/09/08) - Mixed Views on Terminal

Candidates contesting Hills seats have outlined a range of views on Western Power's proposed Eastern Terminal.


Hills Gazette (16/08/08) Win for Power Protest

A group fighting the construction of an electrical switchyard in the Hills is celebrating after Western Power announced it would take the project back to the drawing board....


Echo (16/08/08) Terminal discussed at meeting

Western Power's General Manager in Customer Services Mark de Laeter addressed the Shire of Kalamunda's Planning and Services Committee regarding the proposed Eastern Terminal switchyard. Over 80 people filled the chamber to demonstrate their disapproval of Western Power's lack of community consultation...


Hills Gazette (July 2008) Walk Trail damaged

Western Power has admitted two of its contractors damaged areas of a walking trail in Kalamunda during recent maintenance.


Hills Gazette (28/06/08) Substation in activists firing line

A newly formed group of Hills climate activists will fight the proposed construction of the eastern terminal electricity substation.


Hills Gazette (28/06/08) Tsunami of salt is a real killer

...Lo and behold on the same page is a big advertisement - an invitation from Western Power. The subject is basically land clearing for its new power line.


Hills Gazette (24/05/08) - Sparks fly over switch

Western Power have conceded they should have provided Hills residents with clearer information about the development of an Eastern Terminal Substation.


Hills Gazette (19/04/08) - Fears over power plan

A group opposing Western Power's plans to build an eastern terminal substation in the Hills fear the community will not receive a fair hearing during the next round of consultation.


Hills Gazette Letter to the Editor (19/04/08) - Why the change?

"I note with interest that Ian Buchanan from Western Power (Geologist's ideas rejected, Gazette, April 5) confirmed the southeastern terminal and the recommissioning of the transmission line are required in addition to the eastern terminal..."


The West Australian (17/04/08) - Plan to build more coal power stations

Coal magnate Rick Stowe is planning to capitalise on the high price of domestic gas by spending up to $1.2 billion building 3 new power stations in a move that will put further pressure on the WA Government's greenhouse targets.


Hills Gazette (05/04/08) - Geologist's idea rejected

Western Power has rejected a suggestion from a Hills Geologist that its planned eastern terminal substation is unnecessary.


Hills Gazette (29/03/08) - Hacketts Gully plea

Kalamunda Shire Council wants the State Government to extend Kalamunda National Park to incorporate an area of the state forest at Hacketts Gully.


Hills Gazette Letter to the Editor (29/03/08) - Residents must be consulted

"I am very concerned at Western Power's announcement of the building of a gantry on Mundaring Weir Road and upgrade of the existing 132,0000 volt line between Boddington and this new gantry."


Hills Gazette (22/03/08) - Council speaks out on station

Kalamunda Shire Council has expressed its intense opposition to the area Western Power is studying as a site for a planned eastern terminal substation.


Hills Gazette (15/03/08) - Calls to Delay Plan

A group opposed to Western Power's proposed eastern terminal substation in the Hills has urged energy minister Francis Logan to halt construction of a temporary gantry structure planned for Hacketts Gully.


Hills Gazette (01/03/08) - Group to fight for land

Tourism operators in the Hills have joined forces to fight Western Power's plans to build an eastern terminal substation in the Hills.


Hills Gazette Letter to the Editor (01/03/08) - Western Power plot thickens - Mr John Davenport, Bickley

"I note that Mr de Laeter claims the main reason for a "hills connection" to the metropolitan grid is because of new power stations being built at Collie".


Hills Gazette Letter to the Editor (23/02/08) - Home not yet chosen for ET - Mr Mark de Laete, General Manager, Customer Services, Western Power

"In response to the letter from John Davenport from Bickley, published in the February 16 issue, I assure residents that Western Power has not chosen a location for the proposed Eastern Terminal (ET) substation."


Hills Gazette Letter to the Editor (16/02/08) - Stealth at work over project - Mr John Davenport, Bickley

"Western Power's announcement of the reconstruction of the Collie to Hacketts Gully transmission line strongly suggests that it has chosen a site for the eastern terminal in the Hacketts Gully area."


# Hills Gazette (09/02/08) - People power ignored

An action group fighting the construction of an electricity substation in the Hills believes Western Power has no interest in consulting the community over a site.


Hills Gazette (15/12/07) - Substation put on backburner

Opponents to a proposed electrical terminal substation in the Hills have won a 12 month reprieve, with Western Power this week announcing it needs more time to consult the community.


Echo Newspaper (14/11/07) - Shire seeks consultation

Kalamunda Shire Council will request a consultation with Western Power on the proposal for the new Eastern Sub Terminal.


Hills Gazette (10/11/07) - Substation fight on

Opposition is mounting against Western Power's proposed Eastern Terminal Substation in the Hills.


Echo Newspaper (10/11/07) - Terminal Call

Darling Range MLA John Day has called for the State Government to listen to concerns of local residents about a new terminal substation to be constructed in the Kalamunda District.


Kalgoorlie Miner (Oct 07) - Threat to goldfields water

Goldfields drinking water could be at risk of contamination if a proposed Western Power substation is established in Kalamunda, according to Kalamunda Shire Councillor Frank Lindsay.


Echo Newspaper (Oct 07) - Substation site up for discussion

Residents will take an active role in the selection of a site for a new $180 million terminal substation in the Kalamunda-Mundaring area, according to Western Power.


Hills Gazette (29/05/99) - Substation opposed

Kalamunda Shire Council will "vehemently" oppose a bid by Western Power to build a substation near Mundaring Weir Road in Hacketts Gully.


Western Power Fails Again

by Alan Lonsdale 11/26/2008 9:22:00 AM


Media Statement 25 November 2008

Western Power’s latest attempt to engage the community in consultation has, like all previous attempts, run into difficulties.  As reported previously in the Hills Gazette (25/10/08), Western Power called for nominations for a focus group to work with it on the first stage of the controversial Powering Perth Communities project, previously known as the Eastern Terminal project. 

The focus group would assist Western Power to select a preferred option for a “tie-in”, which would connect to the metropolitan network a new 330 kV line from Collie to the Perth Hills.  The “tie-in” would be located in Hacketts Gully, the site of Western Power’s previous failed attempt to locate the Eastern Terminal, and of the gantry structure proposed early in 2008.

However, Western Power’s plans for the focus group have already changed.  Due to the lack of response from the community to nominate for the group, Western Power announced that the three focus group sessions scheduled for 15 November, 29 November and 6 December would be cancelled.  In their place a single full day workshop is now planned for 29 November. 

The focus group exercise was roundly condemned by Kalamunda Shire Council at its October meeting and by the action group opposed to Western Power’s proposed Eastern Terminal.  The revised focus group exercise is Western Power’s fifth attempt at community consultation, the first four having failed. 

The Stop the Eastern Terminal Action Group (SETS Group) is dismayed that Western Power has embarked on the latest exercise in contradiction of assurances given by Mark de Laeter, Western Power’s General Manager, Customer Services.  In an address to Kalamunda Shire Council on 11 August, Mr de Laeter acknowledged that Western Power’s previous community consultation attempts had failed and promised a ‘fresh start’.  The ‘fresh start’ would involve working with the community in ‘open book’ style, and agreement with the community on an ‘engagement model’ for consultation. 

 “This latest move by Western Power breaks these promises”, said Dr Alan Lonsdale, spokesperson for the SETS group.  “There has been no consultation with the community about an ‘engagement model’.”  “The new focus group exercise is seriously flawed – because participation is limited to a selected few chosen by Western Power, it disenfranchises virtually all members of the community, and prohibits environmental and other community groups from participating fully.”  “It is certainly not ‘open book’ style.”

In particular, the SETS Group is worried that a decision now concerning a “tie-in” in Hacketts Gully will constrain options for phase 2 of the Powering Perth Communities project.  “The second phase is to involve the selection of a site for a switchyard, or possibly a terminal substation.  Further down the track the community may discover that there is no alternative but to locate this in Hacketts Gully.  It is essential that Western Power fully informs the community now of the factors involved in its planning”, said Dr Lonsdale.  “Western Power’s latest attempt at community consultation is seriously flawed”, he said.

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Community Meetings | Gantry | In the Press | Powering Perths Communities | Site Selection Update

Please write to your local Candidate

by Claire 8/16/2008 11:08:00 AM

As we all know an election will be held on 6th September 2008

As electors, now is the time to ask your local candidates to state their position on the Gantry and on Eastern Terminal. 

Please take the time to email your candidates or write them a letter.  Let them know that this is an issue for you and that you would like to receive a reply. 

Your voice can make a difference!

The candidates are:

The Premier 

Alan Carpenter;


John Day (Liberal);

Juliana Plummer (Labor);

Toni Warden (Greens);, Website

Darling Range

Tony Simpson;

Lisa Griffith;   

Denise Hardie (Greens);

East Metro

Helen Morton (Liberal);

Donna Faragher (Liberal);

Stephen Blizard (Liberal);

Alyssa Hayden (Liberal); 

Jock Ferguson (Labor)

Ljiljanna Ravlich (Labor)

Linda Savage (Labor)

Alison Xamon (Greens);

The Aust Labor Party, WA Branch does not give email contacts for these people, you may use the main Labor head office address.

Please let us know in the comments if you can give us email addresses for the above people, or if you receive any replies.

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Gantry | State Election

Hacketts Gully Gantry, a visual representation

by Claire 8/11/2008 10:36:00 AM

See below for pictures of the Gantry coming soon to this neighbourhood. 

Hacketts Gully residents have recently been provided with "visual representations" of the Gantry structure soon to be constructed on the corner of Bahen Rd and Mundaring Weir Rd. 

Note that this is only the "temporary Gantry", not the Substation itself.  Eastern Terminal will be much larger.

Read about Western Power's announcement of the Gantry here. and "Gantry is an Eastern Terminal by stealth".  Do a search on this site for more information.

Attend the Council Meeting Tonight to show Western Power what the community thinks of this project! 

5 sets of visual representations were prepared by WP's consultants.  Below is the material from Nos 2 and 5, which show the view for drivers travelling along Mundaring Weir Rd (No 2 - the "tourist view"), and when travelling along Bahen Rd towards Mundaring Weir Rd (ie the "Hacketts Gully residents' view").

ViewPoint 2 - The Tourist View 

Quoting WP consultants: 

"Viewpoint 02 was selected to represent motorists travelling in a south west direction on Mundaring Weir Road. This location was chosen to demonstrate the maximum visibility of the proposed infrastructure to the driver of a vehicle travelling at approximately 60km/h.

This view is expected to be visible for 5 seconds by occupants of any passing vehicles, who are specifically looking towards the East.

The photomontage demonstrates that from this viewpoint the proposed infrastructure is minimally screened by the existing vegetation. The foreground vegetation may be removed during the construction of the proposed infrastructure."

Viewpoint 2 Location and Direction

Hacketts Gully Proposed Infrastructure Upgrade Viewpoint 2

Viewpoint 5 - Hacketts Gully residents view 

Again, quoting Western Power consultants:

"Viewpoint 05 was selected to represent the maximum visibility of the proposed infrastructure from Bahen Road.

None of the existing vegetation will screen the proposed infrastructure from this Viewpoint."


Viewpoint 5 Location and Direction

Hacketts Gully Proposed Infrastructure Upgrade Viewpoint 5

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