History shines in power upgrade

EnergyAustralia’s new $43 million Kogarah zone substation is powering the St George region, with a unique touch of history attached.

The architect-designed substation features two historic panels on the side of the new substation that highlight how the site was once used as a silent movie theatre and boxing stadium.

The substation replaces the existing Carlton zone substation, supplying power to more than 25,000 homes and businesses in parts of Kogarah, Rockdale, Bexley, Allawah, Hurstville, Carlton, Sans Souci and Arncilffe.

The $100 million project also includes a $57 million investment for two 132,000 V underground cables to connect the substation to EnergyAustralia’s bulk supply point at Peakhurst.

The idea for depicting the history of the site on the stainless steel panels was brought to life by EnergyAustralia workers during planning for the substation that began in 2006. A local historian and author assisted with researching and presenting the panels.

The group found the site had a rich history, dating back to early 20th century. It was once home of the Star Picture Palace, famous for showing silent movies featuring Charlie Chaplin, and was a boxing and wrestling stadium in the 1930s.