CHECKING LINES: Helicopter patrols are expected to take place until mid-June (weather permitting) across the Bundaberg region.
CHECKING LINES: Helicopter patrols are expected to take place until mid-June (weather permitting) across the Bundaberg region. Contributed

Helicopter patrolling Bundy skies to keep us safe

HELICOPTER patrols in Bundaberg in the coming weeks will help Powerlink Queensland maintain the reliability and safety of its high voltage electricity network.

Patrols are expected to take place until mid-June (weather permitting) across the region where Powerlink's network is located.

Powerlink Chief Executive Merryn York said the inspections were part of the maintenance program, and completing the work with minimum disruption was a key focus.

"Our aim is to be as quick and non-disruptive as we can when completing these patrols," Ms York said.

"We want to minimise any potential disturbance to local residents near Powerlink's transmission lines while this essential work is carried out."

Ms York said during the aerial inspections the helicopter pilot would endeavour to maintain the maximum distance practically possible from houses, livestock and crops.

"Local residents may see the helicopter moving relatively quickly and at a low level along our transmission lines, and in some instances, it may need to pause to enable closer inspection of the lines," she said.

She was aware that low-flying helicopters had the potential to startle livestock and encouraged anyone with questions about the patrols and the planned timing to contact Powerlink for further information.

"In particular, if you have a Powerlink easement on or near your property and would like to register your details to receive more information about upcoming patrols in your area, or to ensure your contact details are up to date, please contact us on FREECALL 1800 635 369 (during business hours)," she said.

For more information and a list of patrol areas go to www.powerlink.com.au.



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