Western Power has announced that a $3m network upgrade taking place in the Shires of Cuballing and Pingelly is nearing completion with the second phase of the project due to commence later this month. Work on the final stage of the big Wheatbelt South power project is slated to start on November 20 and wrap up by December 7. On completion, crews will have replaced 230 poles and 27km of overhead lines in the area as part of works designed to bolster network reliability, safety and resilience. “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,” Western Power executive manager of asset operations Zane Christmas said. “We’ve worked with the community and stakeholders, including the Shires of Cuballing and Pingelly, prior to commencing this work,” Western Power has advised that residents in Pingelly, Brookton, Popanyinning, Yornaning, Cuballing and surrounds can expect outages of up to a day once work commences on their local lines. “We understand planned works can cause some short-term inconvenience, but we expect these upgrades to bring long-term improvements to power supply to the town,” Mr Christmas said. “Our crews always work as safely and efficiently as possible to minimise any interruptions.” A large-scale generator will be brought in to provide support for businesses and homes affected by works and Western Power will provide notice of planned outages at least three days prior.