Power fight over Alice Springs sta­tions

Sunday Territorian - - NEWS - ASH­LEY MANICAROS

THE Elec­tri­cal Trades Union will com­mence le­gal ac­tion to en­sure there is proper con­sul­ta­tion re­gard­ing the even­tual clo­sure of the Ron Goodin Power Sta­tion in Alice Springs.

Ter­ri­tory Gen­er­a­tion an­nounced the Alice Springs Power Sta­tion will tran­si­tion to a standby sta­tion from De­cem­ber this year, with the sta­tion to be de­com­mis­sioned from mid next year.

The ETU has warned the gov­ern­ment the de­ci­sion to re­duce staff by 66 per cent at the Ron Goodin sta­tion will lead to in­creased power out­ages in the re­gion and safety is­sues for work­ers forced to op­er­ate sin­gle per­son 66,000 volt switch­ing. ETU Queens­land and NT or­gan­iser David “Strawbs” Hayes said the de­ci­sion was an at­tack on ETU mem­bers’ safety and liveli­hoods.

“This will mean two thirds of the work­force will no longer be able to sup­port their fam­i­lies, as there are sim­ply no jobs in Alice Springs for these peo­ple to go to,” he said.

He called for the gov­ern- ment to with­draw the pro­posal for the power sta­tion’s clo­sure and con­duct an im­me­di­ate re­view of the im­pact of the de­ci­sion on the re­gion.

But Ter­ri­tory Gen­er­a­tion boss Tim Duig­nan said the com­pany did not op­er­ate 66,000 volt net­works.

“We would never com­pro­mise on safety.”

Mr Duig­nan said the fi­nal move to Owen Springs Power Sta­tion at the end of this year would pro­vide safer and more re­li­able power to the Alice Springs net­work.

The old Ron Goodin Power Sta­tion, which is about 50 years old, will be de­com­mis­sioned from July, 2018.

Pic­ture: REX NI­CHOL­SON

Ron Goodin Power Sta­tion in Alice Springs

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