Western Power has completed the first stage of $3 million improvement works in the Shires of Pingelly and Cuballing. While Pingelly, Yornaning, Popanyinning, Brookton and Cuballing residents experienced outages over the course of the works, Western Power acting executive manager of asset operations Zane Christmas said that upgrades to the rural power network would benefit communities in the long term. “We’re committed to improving reliability of power for regional communities like those in Pingelly and Cuballing, and that’s reflected in this substantial investment in infrastructure,” Mr Christmas said. “Our crews always work as safely and efficiently as possible to minimise any interruptions.” Work undertaken by Western Power to improve the safety, function and resilience of Wheatbelt South network will include replacing of 230 power poles and 27km of overhead line. Crews will also be attending to maintenance tasks as they work in the region between Cuballing and Popanyinning. Two further stages of the project are expected to be completed by the end of the year.