Homebush to Rozelle cable project

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Ausgrid, through its contractors Taihan and Subakette and UEA, has replaced 132,000 Volt underground cables between substations at Homebush and Rozelle via substations in Croydon and Leichhardt to maintain the supply of power to our electricity network across the inner west area.

Project need

This project involved replacing existing fluid filled cables that supplied electricity to Sydney’s inner west area so Ausgrid could maintain a reliable electricity supply in the future. The cables were over 45 years old and needed to be retired before they become unreliable. The new cables also supply power to the new Croydon substation and the recently redeveloped Leichhardt substation.

Project status

Construction is now complete and the cables are now in operation. Ausgrid has been working with councils and contractors to complete permanent reinstatement of roads. See the 'reinstatement of roads' section below.


Project approval process

Ausgrid is the approving authority for these works under the NSW Environmental Planning & Assessment Act. As part of the approval process, Ausgrid conducted environmental assessments for this project, which included preparing specialist studies and considering relevant input from the community, councils and other authorities.

Community consultation

Engagement with the community started in March 2012. Difficulties in crossing the Lilyfield Valley, near the CityWest Link, and changes to the technical requirements for the project resulted in further planning to finalise the cable route in the Leichhardt and Lilyfield areas. Consultation has included: newsletters to residents and businesses along the proposed route, door knocks, information displays and meetings with residents, businesses, community groups, councils and other stakeholders.

Ausgrid has continued to consult with the community during all stages of the project.  If you have any questions or comments about the project, please contact us any time (see project contacts top right).

Reinstatement of roads

Ausgrid has been working with councils along the route to complete the permanent reinstatement of roads and in and in some areas Ausgrid has paid councils to do the work on its behalf.

People along the cable route are notified when this work is due to begin as work is scheduled progressively by councils or Ausgrid's contractors.