Mossman electricity upgade delayed
THE decision to upgrade Mossman’s electricity supply has been delayed until next month with the request for further information on different options.
Last month a proposal for construction of a new Mossman zone substation connected to the 132kV transmission was considered by an Ergon sub-committee to improve the reliability of electricity in Mossman and surrounds.
The sub-committee is looking for the most cost-effective solution and requested more information be provided on two other solutions instead of constructing a new Mossman zone substation at Cassowary.
Rocky Point-Port Views Estate Community Association secretary Malcolm McKellar said the other options included making the connection at the Craiglie substation, which powers Port Douglas, and reticulating it all the way back to Mossman.
‘‘The other option is to redevelop the 66kV line all the way from Mareeba down to Mossman substation so it’s a much more robust and reliable system - but that’s not a sensible long term investment especially when the 132kV line runs alongside the 66kV line anyway,’’ he said.
‘‘The team who put the submission together for the review committee didn’t put as much effort into the other two alternatives as it’s not the way to go but nonetheless the committee came back and said it wanted more information.
‘‘It’s very disappointing and our concern is the longer it gets dragged out the more opportunity for government intervention to put the project aside, we have been down this road several times of the last 15 years.’’
Mr McKellar described the delay as a classic bureaucratic delaying tactic which has left their association frustrated and hoping that something will be done to improve the reliability of electricity.
‘‘We’re disappointed not only because of this delay but because this is an internal process to Ergon therefore it should be familiar and they should’ve known the committee would want details on all of the options although they are recommending this one,’’ he said.
Mr McKellar said there has been some positive signs, with vegetation clearing occurring at the Mossman substation in Cassowary and discussions with local stakeholders including the Mossman Soccer Club and Cairns Regional Council to ensure there are no unexpected issues or delays if the project is approved.
If the Ergon sub-committee approve the construction of a new Mossman substation by April, the next round of approval will be decided by March 2014 and if approved, construction should begin within 12 months.