Power fail­ures bit­ter pill for Lake St traders

The Weekend Post - - News -

PETER CAR­RUTHERS with con­fi­dence but asked if the city’s power in­fras­truc­ture is equipped to cope with in­creased en­ergy de­mand.

“If we can’t han­dle it now how are we go­ing to han­dle it with two new big ho­tels on the block,” he said. “The last thing we want is peo­ple on Face­book and In­sta­gram say­ing ‘I am in Cairns and the power has gone out ev­ery night we have gone out to din­ner’.”

Dow­nun­der Bar owner Harry Trek­lis said he planned to pur­sue Er­gon En­ergy for losses after pun­ters left his bar in droves.

“I am very frus­trated. It’s not good for the busi­ness and not good for the cus­tomers,” he said.

Er­gon told the Cairns Post it did not know the cause of the re­cent out­ages and in­di­cated the heat­wave had in­creased power de­mand across the net­work.

“We have not de­ter­mined the cause of re­cent out­ages in the Cairns CBD,” a spokes­woman said. “How­ever we can re­as­sure the busi­ness com­mu­nity that we are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the faults as a pri­or­ity.” AN­DREA FALVO AND JACK LAWRIE EX­TREME hot and dry con­di­tions across the Far North are spark­ing a se­ries of bush­fires that are keep­ing emer­gency ser­vices on their toes.

Fires at Card­well, Mutchilba, Mill­stream and other parts of the re­gion are be­ing mon­i­tored.

Ac­cord­ing to a QFES spokes­woman, the fire near Card­well, near Eller­beck Road, At­tie Creek Road and El­phin­stone Range in­volved 11 crews who worked through the night to con­trol the blaze.

The fire and an­other at Walka­min, which spread from Mutchilba Rd, had fire­fight­ers urg­ing res­i­dents to keep an eye on up­dates and be wary of nearby smoke haz­ards.

Queens­land Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices Far North act­ing As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Adam Gwin said the re­gion had been hit with fires ear­lier than nor­mal.

He said crews would con­tinue to main­tain and mon­i­tor the fires.

“We cer­tainly do not, even with the re­prieve of af­ter­noon storms, be­lieve that any of the threat has passed,” he said.

“We are still very much in a height­ened state of aware­ness.

“We’ve got a few fires on the books at the mo­ment, what we class as level 1 in­ci­dents, but that’s just the na­ture of the en­vi­ron­ment that we’re in at the mo­ment.

“We’ve got a de­layed wet sea­son so haven’t had the rains that we would typ­i­cally have around this time and ob­vi­ously there’s still some dry veg­e­ta­tion out there.

“That will con­tinue for some pe­riod of time yet un­til we get some well-earned re­lief – all rain is good rain at the mo­ment.”

Act­ing As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Gwin said more than 10 QFES staff mem­bers had been de­ployed to Cen­tral Queens­land to as­sist.

LOST IN­COME: Dow­nun­der Bar owner Harry Trek­lis is up­set at re­peated power out­ages in his Lake St premises dur­ing peak trade. Pic­ture: STE­WART McLEAN

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