Ergon fail to power Mossman
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.