J Nilon There are many other vacant blocks of land that surely would be fit for purpose of an undertaking like a Men’s Shed.
ON FRIDAY 23/10, there was a thunderstorm over Woodgate. At 3.25pm, before there was any thunder, the power supply went off in the southern end of town. It did not come on again until 7.30am on 24/10, and then about lunchtime, it went off again, until about 10pm. The rumours circulating in Woodgate is that the large transformer installed a few years ago had blown up and it could be months before they get another one. This transformer was going to be the greatest advance ever in Woodgate, as all the power supply problems would be over. Ergon has supposedly been updating the system for many years. We have had many additional poles installed, some streets have them on both sides, but still, the very first storm of the season puts everything out of action, like food going off in the fridge, no hot meals for two days. Ergon is very proud of the online “Outage Tracker”. It tells you exactly what you already know, there is an outage in Woodgate, so many customers are without power. Date of fix – unknown. There is good reason for the State Government to sell Ergon to private enterprise, but it might have difficulty finding a buyer if Woodgate is an example of how it is run. They do not seem to consider underground cables – they would be cheaper in the long term, with less servicing. It is time that the executives at Ergon were paid less, and more of our extra fees paid on supplying electricity to the consumers. I have many solar panels busy making electricity but unable to be used because the system is switched off by Ergon. Like all government departments, the public are kept in the dark (literally) with no information. A. JONES WOODGATE