Er­gon fail to power Moss­man

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - AN­GELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

RES­I­DENTS from Moss­man to the Dain­tree may have to put up with an un­re­li­able power sup­ply for at least the next seven years.

Er­gon En­ergy has met with con­cerned res­i­dents to dis­cuss the is­sue of the un­re­li­able power sup­ply from Moss­man to the Dain­tree.

Led by the Rocky Point/port Views Es­tate Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion, the meet­ing raised the pos­si­bil­ity of con­nect­ing the rest of the Dou­glas re­gion to the re­li­able 132,000 volts (132KV) power which has sourced Port Dou­glas since 1997.

As­so­ci­a­tion spokesman Mal­colm Mckel­lar said in the meet­ing the “Greater Moss­man Area con­tin­ues to suf­fer an un­ac­cept­able high in­ci­dence of power fail­ures in both fre­quency and du­ra­tion”.

Half of all fail­ures can be at­trib­uted to the un­re­li­a­bil­ity of the 66KV lines from Ma­reeba to Moss­man, Er­gon En­ergy con­firmed.

Mr Mckel­lar said there was an ur­gent need to switch over power from the 66KV to the 132KV feeder at the Moss­man sub­sta­tion in Cas­sowary.

“Er­gon made a com­mit­ment 15 years ago to the 7,000 res­i­dents of this com­mu­nity and we will fight this bat­tle to have us con­nected to the stan­dard of sup­ply that Port Dou­glas and Cook­town en­joy,” he said.

Er­gon En­ergy’s re­gional ser­vices man­ager Ge­off Bowes told the meet­ing they would con­firm this com­mit­ment but the prom­ise was not “in a cou­ple of years” but rather to do with ca­pac­ity, when the load re­quires an up­grade and with no time com­mit­ment.

Mr Bowes an­nounced at the meet­ing Er­gon’s in­ten­tion to con- vert the power sup­ply for the rest of the re­gion to the 132KV feeder in 2019 when Moss­man sub­sta­tion is sched­uled for an aged as­set re­fur­bish­ment.

Mr Mckel­lar wants to see the rest of the re­gion’s 6000-plus res­i­dents get the same level of ser­vice as Port Dou­glas and Cook­town re­ceives.

Cook­town, with a pop­u­la­tion of just 1300 peo­ple, was switched over to a 132KV feeder to help take the load off the Moss­man sub­sta­tion and pro­vide more ca­pac­ity for the Dou­glas re­gion.

Other is­sues put to Er­gon were the ex­tra costs for con­sumers who had to deal with dam­aged elec­tron­ics from power surges when power failed.

“We will be in­volv­ing other groups within our com­mu­nity as we ramp up this cam­paign and will soon also be putting up an e-pe­ti­tion on the Queens­land Par­lia­ment web­site,” he said.

The group will meet again in four weeks and Er­gon will pro­vide an­swers to is­sues raised and an­swer the ques­tion on ev­ery­one’s lips - when will the whole Dou­glas re­gion be switched over to Port Dou­glas’s re­li­able power sup­ply.

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