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Improving quality of power in WA's remote Aboriginal communities

The residents of the town-based Aboriginal community of Bayulu have now been connected to a safer and more reliable power supply.

Under the Town Reserves Regularisation Program funded by the Department of Housing, three remote Aboriginal communities in the West Kimberley will receive improved services through power supply upgrades being delivered jointly by Horizon Power and the Department of Housing.

Power supplies in Bayulu, near Fitzroy Crossing, were under pressure following an expansion in the size of the community, with an additional 17 community houses built recently for residents.

The network upgrade undertaken by Department of Housing contractors in Bayulu will meet the energy demands in the community well into the future. Internal house wiring was also upgraded as part of this Project.

In the town-based communities of Looma and Mowanjum, Horizon Power is undertaking the upgrade work, as well as delivering energy efficiency and retail education. The upgrades in these two communities will be completed by the end of the year.

There are more than 150 households in these three communities. The residents will become Horizon Power customers once the work is completed which means they will be eligible for rebates and concessions for energy for the first time.

Under phase one and two of TRRP, Horizon Power upgraded networks in 25 town-based communities, as well as auditing and upgrading internal house wiring.

Contact Reference: Wendy Pryer - Phone: 08 6310 1576