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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 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: 

    North Queensland - July to early October 2017*

    Airdmillan, Airville, Alva, Ayr, Barratta, Barringha, Bogie, Bowen, Brandon, Brookhill, Cairns, Calcium, Cardwell, Carstairs, Chewko, Clare, Colevale, Collinsvale, Collinsville, Coral Sea, Coral Sea, Cromarty, Dalbeg, Eight Mile Creek, Fredericksfield, Giru, Granite Vale, Groper Creek, Gumlu, Guthalungra, Herberton, Home Hill, Horseshoe Lagoon, Ingham, Inkerman, Jarvisfield, Jerona, Kalunga, Kirknie, Majors Creek, Majors Creek, Mareeba Mcdesme, Millaroo, Mingela, Mona Park, Mount Elliot, Mount Kelly, Mount Surround, Mount Wyatt, Mulgrave, Osborne, Pinnacles, Rangemore, Ravenswood, Reid River, Reid River, Rita Island, Ross River, Seventy Mile, Shirbourne, Springlands, Springmount, Swans Lagoon, Toonpan, Townsville, Upper Haughton, Walkamin, Wangaratta, Woodstock, Wunjunga. 

    Southern Queensland – early to mid-September 2017* 

    Ashgrove, Brendale, Pullenvale, Samford Valley, Upper Brookfield. 

    Central Queensland – September 2017* 

    Banana, Baralaba, Benaraby, Biloela, Bororen, Bracewell, Burua, Byellee, Callide, Clinton, Gladstone Central, Mackenzie River, Mount Gardiner, Mount Murchison, Orange Creek, St Kilda, Taroom, Thangool, Wandoan, Wandoan, West Stowe, Wurdong Heights.

    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.