Under the Town Reserves Regularisation Program (TRRP) phase three, the Department of Housing contracted Horizon Power to audit, design and undertake electricity network upgrades for the West Kimberley communities of Looma and Mowanjum. In the town-based community of Bayulu, Horizon Power designed the upgrade of the network and the work was undertaken by Department of Housing contractors. The upgrade in Bayulu was the most urgent following a big increase in the load when 17 new community houses were built to accommodate the growing number of Bayulu residents. The upgrade work by Department of Housing contractors included checking and upgrading internal house wiring.
Horizon Power connected the upgraded Bayulu network to Horizon Power's system in October 2012, delivering safer and more reliable power supplies to that community.
Work rebuilding the networks in Looma and Mowanjum was completed in the first half of 2013 and education about the new way of paying for power has also been delivered.
In June, the Mowanjum network was connected to the Horizon Power system and in July, the Looma network was connected. Residents in these three communities are now Horizon Power customers.
Under phase one and two of TRRP, Horizon Power upgraded the electrical distribution networks and internal house wiring in 25 town-based communities between 2005 and 2010. Horizon Power engaged closely with the governing bodies of each community and residents to ensure positive outcomes for each project. Education is also delivered about electrical safety and energy efficiency.
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Wendy Pryer, Corporate Communications
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Upgrade of Looma and Mowanjum networks.