Powerlink Queensland is conducting helicopter inspections across Northern Queensland to maintain the reliability and safety of its electricity network.
Inspections will take place during January through February in areas including Alligator Creek, Burton, Collinsville, Moranbah and Nebo, where Powerlink’s network is located.
Powerlink Chief Executive, Merryn York, said the inspections were essential to Powerlink’s ongoing maintenance program to ensure the transmission network is safe for the community and staff.
“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. We appreciate their cooperation and patience.”
Helicopter inspections are an important, efficient and cost-effective way of identifying vegetation encroachments along transmission line easements and checking infrastructure for any maintenance issues.
Ms York said during the aerial inspections, the helicopter pilot would endeavour to maintain the maximum distance practically possible from houses, livestock and crops.