Elec­tric dreams

GLEN For­rest stu­dents Emily (12) and Caitlin (11) Jones are learn­ing lessons in the dark after four power black­outs in the Hills over the past week.

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PEO­PLE are weary of power out­ages in the Hills, with West­ern Power cit­ing a ‘stand-alone sys­tem trial’ as the first rea­son for ser­vice fail­ure.

How­ever, a Park­erville res­i­dent said she was told the out­ages were the re­sult of a ‘feeder trip’ and en­gi­neers were try­ing to find the cause.

“When I asked what are they go­ing to do about, they said there is no pre­ven­ta­tive mea­sures that they can im­ple­ment,” she said.

The res­i­dent sub­se­quently lodged a com­plaint and urged other mem­bers of a lo­cal chat site to do the same.

Glen For­rest res­i­dent Tracey Jones told the Gazette the power of­ten went off at in­con­ve­nient times as she was pre­par­ing fam­ily din­ner.

Te­nille Flintoff, who runs a home busi­ness in Glen For­rest, said her prop­erty lost power twice in one day last week.

“We re­ceived noth­ing from West­ern Power about a trial or any kind of warn­ing about the out­ages,” she said.

“For­tu­nately we have a gen­er­a­tor, but many peo­ple don’t and some res­i­dents who con­tacted West­ern Power said they were told, ‘Well, that’s what you get for liv­ing in the Hills’.”

She said many peo­ple had voiced their con­cerns on West­ern Power’s Face­book page.

A spokesman for West­ern Power said on Tues­day that four power dis­rup­tions were recorded, from 34 min­utes to three hours, be­tween Oc­to­ber 30 and Novem­ber 6.

He said crews re­sponded to out­ages af­fect­ing 1800 cus­tomers in Park­erville, Glen For­rest, Dar­ling­ton, Hovea and Gidge­gan­nup.

“While the cause of the out­ages were un­known at that time, our pri­or­ity is to make the area safe and re­move any risks to com­mu­nity safety be­fore restor­ing power as safely and swiftly as pos­si­ble,” he said.

“A sub­se­quent pa­trol on Tues­day morn­ing iden­ti­fied dam­age to an over­head power line. Works to re­pair this were un­der­taken that same day, im­pact­ing about 50 cus­tomers.”

Cus­tomers af­fected by a power ou­tage last­ing 12 con­tin­u­ous hours or more may be el­i­gi­ble for a State Gov­ern­ment pay­ment.

Pic­ture: Bruce Hunt www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d476120

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