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  • Helicopter activities

    Stringing transmission lines

    We use helicopters to string transmission lines during our construction projects. If you live in an area where we have a project, you can keep up-to-date with the project by viewing our projects section.

    Maintenance patrols

    As part of our regular maintenance program and to protect the safety of the community and the operation of our assets, Powerlink conducts aerial patrols of land and vegetation controls around our transmission lines using low flying helicopters.

    At times we also conduct insulator washing as part of some of these helicopter inspections - an important activity to ensure the safety and reliability of the transmission network in preparation for the upcoming storm and cyclone season. 

    For more information about our maintenance activities, read our Maintaining our network and easements brochure

    Current helicopter inspections: 

    Southern Queensland - May to June 2017*

    Alice Creek, Amamoor, Anduramba, Bald Knob, Balmoral Ridge, Beebo, Belli Park, Bells Bridge, Benarkin North, Biloela, Bollier, Boompa, Boondooma, Booyal, Boyneside, Bracalba, Bray Park, Brendale, Brigalow, Brooloo, Brooweena, Bryden, Bulli Creek, Bunya, Caboonbah, Calgoa, Cambooya, Cameby, Camp Mountain, Canaga, Cania, Captains Mountains, Cashmere, Cedar Creek, Chaphingah, Chinchilla, Clifford, Coles Creek, Colinton, Commissioners Flat, Condamine Farms, Cooeeimbardi, Coolabine, Coominglah, Cooran, Cooranga, Crohamhurst, Crossdale, Crows Nest, Curramore, Dagun, Dallarnil, Dalysford,  Diamondy, Dulong, Dundas, Durham Downs, Durong, Eatons Hill, Eidsvold, Elimbah, Ellesmere, Emu Creek, England Creek, Federal, Felton, Fernvale, Gheerulla, Gigoomgan, Gilldora, Glanmire, Glastonbury, Glenarbon, Golden Fleece, Good Night, Goombi, Grapetree, Gregors Creek, Greenswamp, Guluguba, Gympie, Hampton, Harlin, High Vale, Horse Camp, Hunchy, Imbil, Jandowae, Jinghi, Jones Hill, Joyner, Kandanga, Karana Downs, Kenilworth, Kholo, Kidaman Creek, Kilcoy, King Scrub, Kogan, Kooralgin, Kowguran, Kumbarilla, Kumbia, Kurwongbah, Kybong, Lagoon Pocket, Laidley, Lake Manchester, Landers Shoot, Leyburn, Linville, Lower Wonga, Maleny, Malarga, Mannuem, Mapleton, Marodian, McIntosh Creek, Melawondi, Miles, Millmerran, Monduran, Montville, Moodlu, Mooga, Moolboolaman, Moonford, Moore, Moorina, Morganville, Moy Punchs Creek, Pocket, Mt Binga, Mt Crosby, Mt Mee, Mt Nebo, Mt Pleasant, Murphys Creek, Nahrunda, Obi Obi, Ocean View, Oakey, Peachester, Pechey, Pickanjinnie, Pie Creek, Pierces Creek, Redbank Plains, Rocksberg, Roma, Ropeley, Rush Creek, Samford Village, Smithlea, Somerset Dam, South Pine, Southside, Split Yard Creek, St Agnes, Swanbank, Takilberan, Tara, Taromeo, Tarong, Teebar, Teelah, Texas, Tirroan, The Dawn, The Palms, Toowoomba, Traveston, Upper Brookfield, Upper Caboolture, Upper Kedron, Upper Yarraman, Wamuran, Warner, Warra, Whiteside, Witta, Woleebee, Woocoo, Woolmar, Woolooga, Woowoonga, Yarraman, Yuger, Yuleba North.

    Central Queensland - May to June 2017*

    Aldoga, Alton Downs, Ambrose, Bajool, Banana, Baralaba, Beecher, Benaraby, Berajondo, Biloela, Blackwater, Bluff, Bororen,  Bouldercombe, Boyne Island, Bracewell, Braeside, Broadsound, Burua, Bushley, Callemondah, Callide, Calliope, Canoona, Capella, , Clarke Creek, Clinton, Collaroy, Colosseum, Coomoo, Dalma, Dingo, Dumgree, Duraringa, Dysart, East End, Emerald, Euleilah, Foreshores, Garnant, Gin Gin, Gladstone, Gladstone South, Glenroy, Glenroy Crossing, Glenden, Glendale, Glenlee, Gracemere, Grantleigh, Greycliffe, Hail Creek, Iveragh, Jambin, Kabra, Kalapa, Kirkwood, Kooltandra, Kunwarara, Lake Awoonga, Lilyvale, Lotus Creek, Lowmead, Marlborough, Middlemount, Miriam Vale, Monduran, Moongan, Morinish, Morinish South, Mount Alma, Mount Gardiner, Mount Morgan, Mount Murchison, Mount Tom, Nebo, New Auckland, Nine Mile, Nine Mile Creek, Norwich Park, Oakey Creek, O'Connell, Ogmore, Oxford, Oyster Creek, Port Curtis, Princhester, Raglan, Rangal, Ridgelands, River Ranch, Rockhampton, Rocklands, Rosedale, Smoky Creek, Stanwell, Taunton, Tieri, Turrawulla, Waitara, Walmul, Wandoo, Waura, Waverley Creek, West Stowe, Wurdong Heights, Wycarbah, Yarwun.

    North Queensland - May to June 2017*

    Ayr, Barringha, Bush, Clare, Collinsville, Coppabella, Giru, Goonyella, Mackay, Majors Creek, Millaroo, Moranbah, Proserpine, Sarina, Stuart, Townsville, Woodstock.

    During our patrols, you may notice a helicopter flying at a low level near our transmission lines. The helicopter pilot will endeavour to maintain the maximum distance practically possible from houses, livestock and crops to minimise any disruptions to landholders. Insulator washing work will involve the helicopter pausing at transmission towers and using a long, rigid hose to spray demineralised water at high pressure to clean the insulators which are located near the top of the towers.

    If you have a Powerlink easement on or near your property and would like to register your details to receive more information about future 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).    

    *These dates may change at late notice subject to weather conditions.