Aboriginal and Remote Communities Power Supply Project
The Public Utilities Office oversees and advises on the Aboriginal and Remote Communities Power Supply Project. Horizon Power implements this project, which improves (or regularises) the supply and delivery of electricity for a number of remote indigenous communities in Western Australia. Residents in these communities have become Horizon Power customers.
The objectives of this initiative are to:
- regularise and improve the safety and reliability of the supply and delivery of electricity to remote Aboriginal communities, by upgrading electricity distribution infrastructure
- give communities access to the Horizon Power Uniform Tariff
- make sure electricity users in these communities can apply for WA Government concessions and rebates not previously available to them.
The Aboriginal and Remote Communities Power Supply Project consists of two phases. Phase 1 is now complete and Phase 2 is underway.
Phase 1 was a pilot, funded by the WA and Australian governments. It covered the Aboriginal communities of Bidyadanga, Beagle Bay, Djarindjin, Lombadina, Ardyaloon and Warmun.
Phase 2 of the project, funded by the WA Government only, covers the Aboriginal communities of Kalumburu and Yungngora.
No other phases are planned at this time. However, there is ongoing funding to maintain and operate the electricity supply in communities funded to date through this program.