Power out­ages

Isis Town and Country - - Opinion -

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

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