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East Perth Power Station



     December 8 - The WA government announces a partnership with the Australian Capital Equity (a private company of Kerry Stokes) and Minderoo Group (Andrew and Nicola's investment group, which was rebranded as Tattarang in May 2020) to transform the power station into an "iconic mixed-use waterfront precinct". In the first stage of development, which was expected to take four years, the power station would be transformed into a "new residential, commerical, recreational and tourism precinct" (ArchitectureAU), with concept plans for the $218 million development prepared by Kerry Hill Architects

(founded in 1979 by Kerry Hill, the Singapore-based Australian was well renown for his contextually

sensitive building designs. The recipient of many awards, Kerry was awarded the "nation's most

prestigious architectural accolade in 2006" in the form of the Australian Institute of Architects' Gold Medal

and described as "an architect of exceptional sensibility and expertise" (De zeen, 2018). Kerry lost

is battle with cancer on 26 August 2018, aged 75 ).

The State Government have reserved $50 million to prepare the site for redevelopment.


      September 25 - Five proponents have been shortlisted as potential candidates to take charge of the power stations' redevelopment, once and for all. They have been named as: Mirvac WA, Australian Capital Equity, Frasers Property Australia, LendLease Development and PowerHouse City. Due to its prime location, the government has stated the opportunity for a Metronet precinct to be created around the power station (Watoday).

     May 5 - Premier Mark McGowan (17 March 2017 - 8 June 2023) initiates an attempt to revive redevelopment proposals for the East Perth Power Station, promising to set aside $30 million. This comes after many previous plans and promises have failed, leaving the historical site to become dilapiated and nothing short of an eye sore. Whilst it is deemed necessary to remove overhead powerlines and relocate both the Atco gas station and Western Power switchyards, the power station itself is to be used for public space, a condition for any future grand plans (The West Australian).


     February 20 - Due to the state's crippling debt, Premier Colin Barnett (23 September 2008 - 17 March 2017) announces plans to sell-off the East Perth Power Station, one of 20 land assets being listed for public sale. The site, which has been maintained by the Metropolitan Development Authority since its closure in 1981, was touted as a prime development opportunity for apartments. (PerthNow)

     April 30 - Expressions of interest for purchasing the power station in a public sale offering, closes today (PerthNow).


     February - The Labour state government announces the power station's transformation to incorporate the WA Museum at a cost of $500 million (ArchitectureAU).



     September - A heritage assessment is undertaken by Sydney-based consultants Godden Mackay for SECWA. They recommend a conservation plan is prepared, based on the significant buildings and plant they have identified.



     December - The East Perth Power Station ceases to operate, although a number of small onsite facilities continue.



     August 15 - A spindle on the "outlet valve of the condenser pipe serving the 25,000kw and 12,000kw generators" breaks, causing a potential threat of electricity cuts if an overload was to occur (Daily News, p1). Thankfully, the warm weather is believed to have prevented this, as well as people economising their electricity usage, whilst repairs were being carried out. Three hours after a 7.00am announcement was broadcasted (presumably on the local radio channels), the spindle was replaced.


     January 31 - A problemetic boiler has caused interruptions in Perth's electricity supplies. Until it is repaired, which is expected to be in the morning of the following day, power will be switched on and off in the suburbs if it becomes necessary to reduce the load.



     June 9 - Minister for Electricity, Victor Doney, announces that a fourth boiler will be purchased, "to augment the boiler capacity, the maintenance of which is essential for full supplies of electricity" (Kalgoorlie Miner, p.4). For the cost of £229,813 sterling ($A13,466,410.99 today*), a pulverised fuel-boiler and switch gear at B station would be supplied and installed by Internal Combustion Ltd. The foundations for this boiler has been laid in 1938, at the same time the three present boilers were installed by this company.

(The company's registered name appears to have been International Combustion Ltd, with no official

record of Internal Combustion Ltd in any online records. In 1986, it appears the company was known

as NEI International Combustion Ltd).

     May 21 - Due to the breakdown of a 25,000kw turbo-generator (an electric generator that is connected to the shaft of a steam turbine for the generation of electricity), the people of Perth were warned that they ought to plan for atleast a week of restrictions whilst repairs are being made (Kalgoorlie Miner, p.4).


     August 7 - The reliance of coal for fuelling the East Perth Power Station is at a point where any reductions of supply from the Collie mines, would result in a reduction of Perth's electricity supplies the following day. On a daily basis, the power station is using around 670 tons of coal (Daily News, p.8).



     June 24 - A blockage in the coal shoot initiated an investigation as to its cause. The body of 46 year old casual worker, Harold Scott, was pulled out from under 35 tons of coal. It was believed he must have fallen into the bunker and carried into the shoot (Tweed Daily, p.5)

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