More penal­ties to en­sure safety

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS -

Leg­is­la­tion passed in Vic­to­rian Par­lia­ment last week will im­prove Vic­to­ria’s pow­er­line safety stan­dards and bet­ter pro­tect Vic­to­ri­ans from bush­fires caused by pow­er­line faults.

The Elec­tric­ity Safety Amend­ment (Bush­fire Mit­i­ga­tion Civil Penal­ties Scheme) Bill 2017 was passed in the Up­per House and in­cludes strong civil penal­ties com­pli­ance mea­sures which will en­sure pow­er­line bush­fire safety stan­dards are met.

A rec­om­men­da­tion from the Vic­to­rian Bush­fire Royal Com­mis­sion, it will make changes to the Elec­tric­ity Safety Act 1998 to en­sure that dis­tri­bu­tion busi­nesses de­liver en­hanced net­work safety tech­nolo­gies on time, and to ap­pro­pri­ate stan­dards, or face tough fi­nan­cial penal­ties.

Two of the most dev­as­tat­ing 2009 Black Satur­day bush­fires were caused by elec­tric­ity as­sets — these two fires alone re­sulted in the loss of 159 lives, 2000 homes and prop­erty worth more than $4.4 bil­lion.

En­ergy, Environment and Cli­mate Change Min­is­ter Lily D’Am­bro­sio said the Gov­ern­ment has learned from the tragic events of Black Satur­day.

‘‘That’s why we are im­prov­ing pow­er­line safety mea­sures and in­tro­duc­ing sanc­tions for com­pa­nies that don’t com­ply.

‘‘This leg­is­la­tion puts the safety of re­gional and ru­ral Vic­to­ri­ans front and cen­tre — re­duc­ing the risk of bush­fires from power lines and help­ing to se­cure our en­ergy sup­ply.’’

Safety first: The gov­ern­ment has learned from the tragic events of Black Satur­day.

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